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Tokyo 2020 organizers step up efforts to counter ticket scalping
October 25, 2017 / 5:23 PM / a month ago

Tokyo 2020 organizers step up efforts to counter ticket scalping

(Reuters) - The Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee is looking to counter ticket scalping amid concerns of massive buyouts and overpriced resales ahead of the event, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday.

FILE PHOTO: A construction site of the New National Stadium, the main stadium of Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympics, is seen in Tokyo, Japan, October 13, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato

The committee remains keen on introducing online tickets bearing personal information and a system where purchasers can sell tickets on at a fixed price.

With more than 10 million entry tickets expected to be issued, starting next year, the committee had also already asked the Japanese government and lawmakers for legislation to clamp down on scalpers.

“It will affect the Games’ reputation. We want to create a framework through which we can thoroughly crack down on people reselling tickets obviously for a profit,” an official of the organizing committee was quoted as saying by Kyodo.

Ticket sales for the 2016 Rio Olympics were sluggish due to a scalping ring, which was uncovered by the police at the event.

Ireland’s former Olympic chief Patrick Hickey, among others, was indicted for involvement in the scandal.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru,; Editing by Neville Dalton

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