Last week the Japanese ticket sales for the 2012 London Olympics started. It's a lottery system and there are 3 weeks of application time with the successful applicants hearing in August.
So, I've spent a lot of time on the Pia Ticket website looking at the list of available tickets: the sports, the dates...the PRICES! Trying to decide what tickets I have a chance of getting. As I live here in Japan I can ONLY apply for tickets here.
None of my friends in Britian - or anyone they know - got tickets yet. People are angry because under European Community laws people in EU countries can apply for the tickets available for British people. So instead of 60 million British people trying to get tickets - there could actually be 500 million Europeans applying for the British tickets - as well as the tickets on sale in each country.
If I was a French person, I could apply for the British tickets AND the French tickets!
I was born in London, so to see the Olympics in my home city is a once-in-a-lifetime thing and I will be going for sure. Even if I don't get tickets I will go to enjoy the festival feeling of a major world event.
But the Japan Olympic Committee has some strange ticket offers!
The sports are:
- Rhythm Gymnastics
- Synchronized Swimming
- Table Tennis
Canoe?????? Sailing????? Bike?????
I think the Japanese O.C. had to accept these tickets in exchange for having many judo and swimming tickets.:-)
There is no chance to get judo or swimming tickets, or badminton and wrestling, because many Japanese going to London want to see these sports.
So? Athletics maybe? There are 11 days of events for that. Gymnastics has 9 days.
Um...HOW do you watch sailing? From the beach with a telescope?????!!
Oh, and the Opening and Closing Ceremony? The cheapest seats for the Opening Ceremony will be....Y30,000. That's a lot of money to pay for 2 hours of sportspeople marching into the stadium with flags...
And so.....I have to make my application by the end of July.....what shall if try for? Canoe races????