What to Do If You Purchased Tickets for the 2020 Olympic Games

The Tokyo Olympics were supposed to host 339 events in 33 different sports, with 30% of the 7.8 million tickets sold to foreign visitors from outside Japan – roughly 2.34 million. But on March 24 , the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organizing Committee decided that the games would be postponed until July 2021. So: what will you do if you buy a ticket?

If you can’t travel in 2021

According to the Tokyo Olympic 2020 official website , they will pay the full amount if you are unable to attend next year’s games. However, there have been conflicting reports about whether money will be refunded on certain days or events. (We’ll update this story as we find out more.)

CoSport (the company that most US ticket buyers use to purchase tickets) states that the ticket purchaser can apply for a refund to CoSport in accordance with the parameters set out in the Tokyo Organizing Committee on the Terms and Conditions of the Olympic Games.” If you purchased tickets through the National Olympic Committee (NOC) , National Paralympic Committee (NPC) or official ticket resellers, you must contact them directly for a refund.

If you want to get involved in 2021

If you’ve already purchased tickets for this year (2020), those tickets will automatically carry over to next year’s games (2021). However, if they cannot secure a venue for the next year, you will receive a refund for the purchase of your ticket.

If you want to come in 2021 but have not bought your ticket yet

Upcoming spring sales, including personal sales at Tokyo’s Yurakucho Ticket Center, are currently on hold. As stated on the official website: “We will review the method and schedule of ticket sales and will make further announcements in due course through this website and other channels.”


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