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Olympics ticketholders anxiously await Games' fate

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Published on March 24, 2020 - Duration: 01:38s

Olympics ticketholders anxiously await Games' fate

Ticketholders for the Tokyo Olympics are anxiously awaiting the Games' fate as multiple countries and organizations have called for a postponement.

Gloria Tso reports.

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Olympics ticketholders anxiously await Games' fate

Ticketholders for the Tokyo Olympics may not have a Summer Games to look forward to after all.

The International Olympics Committee and Japan are weighing a delay and those who were planning to go are anxious to hear the decision.

But- last week, Japan's Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported tickets might not be refundable citing Olympic organizers and contractual details.

Kokoro Yamada lives in Tokyo and has two tickets for the closing ceremony, which cost her almost $4000.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO RESIDENT AND TOKYO 2020 TICKET HOLDER, KOKORO YAMADA, WHO HAS TWO CATEGORY A TICKETS FOR THE OLYMPICS CLOSING CEREMONY COSTING 440,000 YEN, SAYING: "In case of postponement, it is a little disappointing because the closing ceremony is the day before my birthday and it is the end of my twenties - I have accidentally revealed my age now - so I was thinking it would be a very special day." Yamada said she's read through the tickets terms and conditions several times but still cannot work out what postponement would mean.

Tokyo 2020 organizers have said that the article about tickets not being refundable is not accurate and are still monitoring the situation.

But if the Games are postponed, some ticketholders aren't sure if they can attend at all.

(SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) TOKYO RESIDENT AND TOKYO 2020 TICKET HOLDER, MANARI OSAKI, WHO HAS THREE TICKERS FOR BASKETBALL AT TOKYO 2020, SAYING: "I am worried about what I should do.

I bought the tickets so that they suit my schedule.

If it is postponed, then all my planning will be messed up and I might not even be able to go so I am worried." Olympic heavyweight United States put pressure on the IOC Monday, joining other nations in pushing for a delay.

The committee has given itself a deadline of four weeks to decide on the fate of the Tokyo 2020 Games, although the torch relay is still scheduled to begin this Thursday (March 26).

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