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Ticket lottery begins for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics Games
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The lottery for tickets to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games caused a frenzy as millions of Japan residents applied online in the hopes of winning seats to the most exciting sports. While the first-round lottery for the Olympic Games has now ended, the process for procuring tickets to the Paralympic Games has only just begun. For now, it's only open to residents in Japan as well. To apply, first create a Tokyo 2020 ID online, then head to the Paralympic Games official website.

The price range is broad to say the least, with group tickets for canoe and goalball starting at ¥500 and tickets for the opening ceremony going up to ¥150,000. You can apply for up to eight tickets per session and a maximum of 30 tickets in total. 

Looking at the way the online system went into overdrive when masses of people rushed online to bid for the Olympic tickets, you can expect the Paralympic website to take a significant amount of processing time as well. But don’t worry, your chances of getting tickets don’t depend on how fast you register: tickets for this round aren’t distributed on a first come, first served basis. Just make sure you submit your application by 11.59am on September 9

Worried about not winning anything? There will be a second lottery held in early winter next year, while official ticket box offices will open in various locations around Tokyo in the spring of 2020 for both the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The ticket lotteries have only been open to residents of Japan, but overseas residents hoping to see the Games in Tokyo can purchase tickets through Authorised Ticket Resellers

See the official website for more information on the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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