Tokyo Olympics to give refunds to ticket buyers in Japan

FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are on display, in Tokyo. Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds by the local organizing committee. Applications begin next month. This means that fans who already know they cannot use their tickets next year can get their money back. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 15, 2020, file photo, tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics are on display, in Tokyo. Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds by the local organizing committee. Applications begin next month. This means that fans who already know they cannot use their tickets next year can get their money back. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File) (Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

TOKYO – Fans living in Japan who bought tickets for the postponed Tokyo Olympics have been guaranteed refunds, the local organizing committee said Friday.

This does not apply to fans who have purchased tickets outside Japan through so-called Authorized Ticket Resellers appointed by national Olympic committees. Many have already set terms for refunds, which vary by nation or territory.

Fans in Japan who already know they cannot use their tickets next year can get their money back by applying online for refunds during the period Nov. 10-30. The Paralympic period is Dec. 1-21.

Organizers also said that refunds would be made if limited seating were available at venues because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As the host there is a possibility that we may not be able to provide spectating opportunities to a part of the ticket holders," Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said, speaking in Japanese during an on-line briefing. "In that case we will provide a refund.”

The ticket situation —- like everything else surrounding next year's postponed Olympics — is up in the air. Conditions will depend on the pandemic.

Organizers and the International Olympic Committee say they intend to open the Olympics on July 23, 2021. But there are few details so far about exactly how this can happen — with or without a vaccine, using quarantines, or rapid testing.

The IOC and Tokyo organizers are running several task forces looking at ways to handle immigration and COVID-19. Japan has been relatively safe in the pandemic with about 1,750 deaths attributed to the coronavirus. But conditions elsewhere haven't been as good.