Tokyo Olympics Organisers Launch Refunds For Tickets Bought In Japan
Muhammad Irfan 1 month ago Fri 30th October 2020 | 02:20 PM
Tokyo, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 30th Oct, 2020 ) :Tokyo Olympics organisers offered refunds for tickets bought in Japan Friday, and promised more reimbursements if events are cancelled or fewer seats are available because of coronavirus problems at next year's postponed Games.
"Should we not be able to provide an opportunity to spectate the Games due to Covid-19, we will offer an additional opportunity to apply for a refund," the committee said in a statement.
Spokesman Masa Takaya said organisers "are not examining any cancellation (of the Games) or zero-spectator situation".
Olympic officials have made it clear they want to avoid holding events behind closed doors, but also that virus countermeasures may make it harder to have the cheering crowds of past Games.
Bach's warning about not having full crowds came in an interview this week with South Korean broadcaster SBS. He has repeatedly said he wants fans at the Games.
It has not given details on the numbers of tickets sold in Japan compared to overseas, but says overseas spectators accounted for around 10 to 20 percent of the crowds at previous Games.
The Games' most recent official price tag is 1.3 trillion yen ($12 billion), but the postponement and coronavirus countermeasures are set to increase that figure, though organisers are also seeking to slash costs where possible.