Alan Dizdarevich, whose CoSport company manages Olympic ticket sales for the United States, Australia and six other countries, said that although Tokyo organizers offered a refund at the start of the pandemic, the vast majority of people who bought tickets decided to keep at least part of them.
CoSport did not give specific figures, but Dizdarevic said: “At the moment, after returns and new purchases, the number of spectators holding tickets for Tokyo 2020 from the countries where we sell tickets is slightly lower than before. the pandemic. However, as long as conditions allow, we expect the United States to have strong results, with the number of Americans attending Tokyo 2020 likely to overshadow the number attending Rio 201
Michael Lynch, who previously led Visa’s global sponsorship programs and remains in close contact with several Olympics sponsors, said the companies still hope to attract hundreds of customers and customers to the Games.
“All intelligent people have extensive contingency plans,” Lynch said. “Bach says the right words to have a sense of optimism in the sponsoring community.”
However, optimism can only come this far, especially in the United States, which typically takes more than 500 athletes to the Games.
Sports leaders in the United States and elsewhere are pursuing a number of alternative plans based on a number of scenarios. Some alternatives include immediately placing an athlete who qualifies for the Olympics in a controlled environment, although this would be difficult for athletes who typically compete in Europe in the weeks leading up to the Olympics.
Other plans may require a reduction in the number of athletes in the Olympic trials. About 2,000 swimmers usually take part in them, although no more than about 75 to 100, at most, have a realistic chance of making the team.