Tokyo 2020 tickets: How to buy tickets for 2020 Olympic Games 

Organisers launched Ticket lottery for Japanese residents, while overseas fans will have to wait until mid-june.

Update, June 2019: International sales of Tokyo 2020 tickets are now open. Don't miss the chance to get your tickets. More info here.

Tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo (July 24 - August 9) are a hot commodity but how can you get them?

On May 9 the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced that Japan residents can now apply for tickets through the official lottery.

The ballot will ran until 23.59 (JST) on 28 May and the results will be announced on 20 June.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee announced that the level of interest was so high, they gave fans a 12-hour lottery deadline extension to ensure every application was processed.

There were 7,508,868 Tokyo 2020 ID registrations, and the official ticketing website was visited more than 24,250,000 times during the application period.

Should they not be successful in the lottery, domestic fans will still be able to purchase tickets during the first-come, first-served phase, which will start in autumn 2019.

Overseas residents must wait until June 20th before they can buy tickets. And they must do so through country-specific "Authorised Ticket Resellers" (ATRs).

Each National Olympic Committee (NOC) has been allocated a certain number of tickets.

About 7.8 million tickets are available for the Games 2020, with 20-30% dedicated to sales outside Japan.

Any remaining, unsold tickets can be purchased by international fans at the same prices offered to Japanese residents when Tokyo 2020 opens sales globally in the spring of 2020.

Tickets for the Paralympics will be made available this summer.

How much do Tokyo 2020 tickets cost?

50 percent of all tickets cost 8,000 yen ($70) or less, according to organisers. The cheapest ticket will sell for 2,500 yen ($22).

Special tickets priced at 2.020 yen ($18) are available for families residing in Japan with children, senior citizens or people with impairments.

You have to pay 300,000 yen ($2,680) for the best seats at the Opening Ceremony with the most expensive ticket at the Closing Ceremony going for 220,000 yen ($1,965).

Athletics remains the most exclusive event - as in previous Games - featuring highest priced tickets at 130,000 ($1.160) for the men's 100-metre final.

Organisers are hoping to generate about $800 million in ticket sales.

The Games feature a record 339 events in 33 sports.

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