Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year’s Tokyo 2020 Games.

Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system.

Organizers extended the application period by 12 hours, citing high demand.

FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe, left, and BMX rider Rimu Nakamura attend an event to mark the start of application to buy tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year’s games. Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system. The sign reads
FILE – In this May 8, 2019, file photo, Japanese comedian Naomi Watanabe, left, and BMX rider Rimu Nakamura attend an event to mark the start of application to buy tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic organizers say millions of Japan residents have shown interest in buying tickets for next year’s games. Organizers closed the first phase of ticket applications on Wednesday, May 29, 2019, for Japan residents, and applicants will be told on June 20 what tickets they have been allocated through a lottery system. The sign reads ” Tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Open for entering a lottery system.” (Yu Nakajima/Kyodo News via AP)

Overseas residents will have to wait until June 15 when tickets are put on sale by special distributors in each country — known as Authorized Ticket Resellers.

Organizers declined to say how many tickets have been applied for through the on-line system. They say only that 7.5 million “ID registrations” have been recorded, which then allows people to apply and enter the lottery.

Organizers estimate 7.8 million tickets will be available, with 20 to 30% dedicated to sales outside Japan.

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