Online applications for tickets for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo have begun.
The official website for the ticket sales started accepting applications at 10 a.m. Thursday Japan time. The tickets are being sold through a lottery system.
The website offers tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies and 32 sports. Applicants can choose tickets by date, venue or sport. They then choose the type of ticket they want and specify how many.
Each applicant can request up to 30 tickets for their first choice and 30 more for their second choice. The maximum each applicant can get is 30 tickets.
Applicants for the initial ticket sale are limited to residents of Japan. They must be registered with "TOKYO 2020 ID," the official website for ticket sales for the Tokyo Olympic Games. Nearly 3 million people had registered as of Wednesday.
Applications will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on May 28. Lottery results will be announced on June 20.
Many applicants are expected to rush to access the website just after the application period starts, and just before it ends. The Games' organizing committee is advising applicants against joining the rush, saying that the timing of applications will not affect the outcome of the lottery.