With the postponement of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, Tokyo is working on scaling down the Games for next year while also putting in new health measures to ensure the safety of the athletes and spectators. However, there are also talks that participating athletes may be able to skip the mandatory quarantine upon arrival.
According to The Japan Times, Tokyo Olympic organisers have stated that applications for ticket refunds will open in November, followed by the Paralympic Games ticket refunds the following month. Currently, the Games have sold roughly 4.48 million tickets for the Olympics and 970,000 tickets for the Paralympics through the official website.
Tickets purchased before the postponement will remain valid for the rescheduled events. However, refunds will be considered for visitors who are unable to travel to Tokyo for the new dates.
As part of its plan to scale down, the Games might consider reducing the number of spectators. It’s also possible that the Olympic organisers and the government might limit the number of spectators due to coronavirus risk factors. According to sources, a decision will be made by spring 2021.
The Olympics are rescheduled for July 23 to August 8 2021, followed by the Paralympics on August 24 to September 5 2021.
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