As two local athletes have already qualified for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, tickets have now been made available online for British Virgin Islands residents to purchase.
A media release from the BVI Olympic Committee said the tickets will only be available for residents through the territory’s approved retailer Kingdom Sports Group.
Managing Director of Kingdom Sports Group Daniel Beniston said a special category titled ‘First Come First Serve’ ticket sales will be available on the website.
He said this is to help the company to properly manage the expectation of clients following a record demand for tickets that exceeds the available amount.
“Traffic flow suggests we will have a few thousand people from all the countries we are serving all coming at the same time. Anyone interested in attending the Games who doesn’t wish to purchase a package, this is the date to come onto our site,” Beniston stated.
He further said: “At this stage, the majority of 5-Star accommodation is close to selling out, with limited 4-Star accommodation remaining but we have a good stock of 3-Star accommodation.”
Persons who wish to attend the Olympic Games are also being warned not to purchase any tickets from unauthorised ticket outlets, as such persons will be denied entry into the venue.
“To avoid involvement in any criminal activities such as fraud, you are strongly advised not to purchase tickets from any source other than official ticket sales channels (i.e. Official Ticket Website, Official Ticket Box Offices, or Authorised Ticket Reseller). It is possible that tickets sold on unofficial channels such as auction websites may be invalid or counterfeit tickets,” a notice warned on the Tokyo 2020 official website.
Hurdler Kyron McMaster and strongman Eldred Henry are the two athletes that have qualified for the Games so far.
Long jumper Chantel Malone and sprinter Ashley Kelly will be hoping to qualify for the Games in their respective events as the time progresses.
Malone will be needing a jump of at least 6.82 metres in the women’s long jump, while Kelly will have to make the qualifying time of 51.35 seconds in the women’s 400 metre.
Both athletes have until June 29, 2020, to reach their respective mark.
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