The Tokyo 2020 Olympics: what you need to know

Five new sports will be added to the Olympic lineup, which is now located at 33: Skateboarding, “sport climbing”, surfing and, appropriately for Japan, baseball and softball, and karate. Existing sports, such as canoeing, kayaking, boxing and fencing, will also see a rebalancing with additional events added, primarily with a view to greater gender equality.

The first round of tickets for the Tokyo Olympics was limited by lottery system to residents of Japan and closed on May 28. In August, a “relief measures” lottery was held. Paralympic tickets were also awarded by lottery and closed on September 9.

Thirty percent of an estimated 7.8 million have been reserved for foreign visitors, sold by “authorized ticket resellers.” For those in the United States, CoSport will manage the sale of tickets and will go on sale in July. At the time of writing this article, all available tickets have been sold, although subsequent rounds of tickets are expected to be carried out continuously before the start of the Games. The first in 2020 was scheduled for January 16.

The organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics will also organize an online resale site starting in the spring, with ticket prices limited to the original nominal value. Available to both foreign visitors and Japanese residents, the official resale service can provide relief for those excluded from the initial rounds of ticketing.

The lack of tickets does not necessarily mean a lack of Olympic fun in and around Tokyo. The organizing committee has approved 30 “live sites” locations throughout Japan for people who don’t have tickets, even in areas affected by the Tohoku and Kumamoto earthquakes. These sites will feature live televised sports broadcasts, cultural events and, among other programs, attendees will have the opportunity to try several Olympic and Paralympic sports.

Shortly after the first round of tickets went on sale in Japan, a controversy arose over certain aspects of the terms and conditions associated with the purchase of tickets, namely the transfer of the intellectual property rights of the photos taken by attendees at the Olympic events to the organizing committee. . Would this mean then that the Committee, known to protect its I.P. rights: then would you take strong action against social media photos?

The organizers have clarified that, although the Committee claims copyright on the photos taken by the ticket holders, it will not prevent those photos from being published on social networks. Only commercial reproduction of photos will be prohibited. However, in a controversial way, audio and video clips taken by viewers cannot be published on social networks. The organizers are expected to be attentive when submitting removal notices on social networks.

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