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Got a Tokyo Olympic ticket? Unrivaled demand causes turmoil

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By STEPHEN WADE

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The whole event has been turned into a giant money grabbing scheme! Absolutely chaotic and disdain for the home nation fans. Personally I'll be doing my best to avoid even watching any of it on TV!

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Yakuza will be selling them don't worry.

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A co-worker of mine actually snagged a pair of tickets to the soccer finals. I wonder what he could get if he sold them.

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People who couldn't get tickets of the coming Tokyo Olympic Games, please watch them on TV. And come to Japan World Exposition, Osaka 2025.

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Just have another one - it works for everything else!

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Many events you can watch for free. Marathon, triathlon, walking, yacht racing and surfing, for example. It is going to be the greatest show on earth!

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Confused here. If so many people were turned down, meaning not enough tickets, how could they have another lottery? Where did the extra tickets come from? Did many people decide not to accept their ticket?

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The Olympics is something you watch on TV in an air-conditioned room.

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"Overwhelmed by unprecedented demand, "

Nice problem to have. The Tokyo Olympics is going to be great.

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Millions of people were let down? Seriously? It’s a lottery. Millions of people are disappointed they don’t win in every lottery.

I am disappointed I never win anything from the New Years lottery cards. Can they send me more so that I can have a chance to win?

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Just like me getting the "chance" to sell at a Kobe hanabi festival. Lotteries cost Money, people should wake up and smell the brown envelopes.

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"This is probably going to be the most popular Olympics, and possibly one of the most popular events of all time," Ken Hanscom, the chief operating officer of TicketManager, told the AP in an interview.

If the peking olympic in the most populous nation on earth wasn't then that says alot about the marked dfference in perception of international events between the chinese and japanese.

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Another lottery for those who got 0? I applied for a bunch of events and only got one sport, the one I was probably least interested in although of course I was happy to get something. I'd like another chance to get some of the more desirable sports though!

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Ugh, applied for around 40 tickets, knowing we wouldnt be getting all of them (but also willing to accept that extremely rare chance).

Got none.

I guess i will be at the mercy of ticket scalpers charging 10x face value for watching a minor event. Who wants to take a guess at how much opening ceremony tickets will be reselling for?

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I would appreciate more transparency as to mu odds of getting a ticket.

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One sided

Leaching

Yak

Money

Predatory

Interests

Corruption

Strangle hold

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Only 386 days to go? Why, that means... omg, they still haven't pushed the start date back to October! They're actually going to do this July-August?! Insane...

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Paralympic tickets will be available and many will be free. Perhaps it's not as "cool" to boast about going to Paralympic as Olympics, but people should consider it. And support disabled athletes.

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Just wait until people start printing FAKE tickets! SO in additional to paying scalping prices, you will get a worthless piece of paper. Mark my words!

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"I've never, never seen interest in attending the Olympics like we have in Tokyo," Harney told the AP.

One should not compare Tokyo with Brazil. Have you noticed the exact number of tickets is not being publicised? The stadiums and venues accommodated twice as many people in Brazil. It's not about popularity. It's about availability.

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Hopefully 2020 will top 1964 and 1998. These chances don’t come very often.

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Have you noticed the exact number of tickets is not being publicised?

This. How many tickets were sold the last time? I feel they just sold a low number to pretend if everything was sold out they could market it as POPULAR tickets. A good marketing scheme.

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Hahaha, lottery, that is the key word.

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Paralympic tickets will be available and many will be free. Perhaps it's not as "cool" to boast about going to Paralympic as Olympics, but people should consider it. And support disabled athletes.

The Paralympics in London was sold out. No free tickets.

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It sounds like the popular events – baseball, tennis, athletics, judo, karate, swimming – were way over-subscribed. The same happened at London 2012. The remaining tickets will probably from the early rounds of hockey, soccer and basketball.

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If it comes well short of paying for the facilities and many of them end up losing lots of money, I don't care how well attended the Games are. Attendance is not the only indication of success.

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Paralympic tickets will be available and many will be free. Perhaps it's not as "cool" to boast about going to Paralympic as Olympics, but people should consider it. And support disabled athletes.

For once I agree with Ganbare...miracles happen ;-)

Paralympians have to work doubly as hard in overcoming their hurdles, physical and mental, and are definately awesome and inspirational. Absolutely deserve speactator and general public support

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How many tickets the organisers, sponsors and government officials kept for themselves? They will not say it.

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would rather drill a hole in my head through my ear hole than be in Tokyo when this garbage starts

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Only 386 days to go? Why, that means... omg, they still haven't pushed the start date back to October! They're actually going to do this July-August?! Insane...

ask the broadcast companies.

The early schedules shouldn’t be surprising because NBCUniversal ranks as the 800-pound gorilla in Olympic broadcasting, paying more than $7.5 billion for rights to the Summer and Winter Games through 2032.

https://www.peoplesworld.org/article/u-s-tv-broadcasters-dominate-tokyo-2020-olympics-schedule/

https://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-tokyo-olympics-schedule-prime-time-20190416-story.html

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Can't get a ticket? Volunteer? then you get to mutch around in a free t-shirt in obscene heat being asked inane questions by tourists. Opportunities like this don't come every day. And between wiping your brow from sweat you might catch a glimpse of an athlete collapsed from heat stroke. Memories are forever.

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The whole thing is a sham and a joke.  The biggest "sponsor" of the Tokyo Olympics is the Tokyo taxpayer and they are not getting the tickets.  This new auction is simply a way to entice frustrated applicants into buying tickets for Air Pistol, Handball, and Race Walking.  Tickets for Opening Ceremony, Gymnastics, Swimming will absolutely not be available in this secondary auction.  Despite all those statements of fairness in opportunity, if you want tickets for the popular events you will have to buy an all inclusive travel package from the official resellers.

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If you were smart and volunteered to help, you would have gotten passes.

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Confused here. If so many people were turned down, meaning not enough tickets, how could they have another lottery? Where did the extra tickets come from? Did many people decide not to accept their ticket?

From what I heard, a lot of people rejected their ticket because either A. They realized they couldn't afford it or B. They didn't want to go all the way to Tokyo and spend tons for transportation/accommodation for just one event.

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Gotta get those travelers and consumers stoked. Look at the picture here. Cute 'masculine' mascot, cute 'feminine' mascot on a bench. Put a cute real woman sitting between the 2 mascots. A perfect promotion gimmick, works fine every time.

AkieToday 10:11 am JSTHahaha, lottery, that is the key word.

You better believe it. It's going to be a free-for-all. And this cute lady will probably have to get her Olympics ticket herself. No free ride for her.

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