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Tokyo 2020 committee considering official Olympic, Paralympic ticket resale site

The Tokyo 2020 Games organizing committee is considering setting up an official event ticket resale website, the Mainichi Shimbun has learned.

Fans at past games have voiced discontent with sometimes large numbers of empty seats at events, while ticket scalpers charging high prices have also been a problem, and the Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games hopes that an official resale portal will help address both these issues.

"We are looking to set up a system that will allow as many people as possible to attend the events, which will contribute to a successful games," a committee representative said.

Event tickets are scheduled to go on sale to the public a full year before Tokyo 2020 kicks off. The organizing committee is considering including a portal on the ticket purchase site to allow any customers who find they cannot attend an event to resell their tickets. If the tickets find a buyer, then the original holder will get a refund for the same amount.

International sports tournaments' reputations are tied to how they manage ticket sales. Demand for tickets to the 2002 FIFA World Cup in South Korea and Japan shot up after the tournament began, and many fans became angry and suspicious when they saw many seats unfilled even for Japan's matches. To prevent a repeat at the Tokyo 2020 Games, the organizing committee is also considering collecting and reselling not just regular tickets, but also those distributed to athletic organizations and sponsors that will go unused -- a major cause of the empty seat problem.

A proposal has also surfaced in the committee to set up an internet monitoring team to prevent any illegal ticket resales for profit.

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