What to do if you bought tickets for the 2020 Olympics

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The Tokyo Olympics was to host 339 events in 33 different sports, with 30% of 7.8 million tickets sold to overseas visitors outside Japan – about 2.34 million people. But March 24, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games decided that the games would be postponed until July 2021. So what do you do if you bought a ticket?

If you can’t go in 2021

According to official website of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, they’ll honor all refunds if you’re unable to attend next year’s games. However, there have been conflicting reports as to whether certain days or events will provide refunds. (We will update this story as soon as we learn more.)

CoSport (the company that most US ticket buyers use to buy their tickets) states that the ticket buyer may request a refund from CoSport according to the parameters defined in the general conditions of the Tokyo Olympic Games Organizing Committee. “If you bought tickets from the National Olympic Committee (NOC), National Paralympic Committee (NPC)or authorized ticket resellers, you must contact them directly for a refund.

If you want to participate in 2021

If you have already purchased tickets for this year (2020), these tickets will automatically be transferred to next year’s games (2021). In the event that they are unable to secure a place for next year, however, you will be reimbursed for the purchase of your ticket.

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If you want to participate in 2021 but haven’t bought a ticket yet

The sales of parts due to occur, which included in-person sales at the Tokyo Yurakucho Ticket Center, are currently on hold. As stated on the official website, “We will review the method and timing of ticket sales and make other announcements in due time through this website and other channels.”

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