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When I first watched a video of the closing ceremony and Olympic flag handover at the 2016 Rio Olympics where Prime Minister Shinzo Abe dressed as Super Mario and popped out of a green tube, I got excited on what Japan can showcase for the upcoming 2020 Olympics. From creation and launching of Gundam (G-satellite) into the space or incorporating manga (e.g. Slam Dunk, Captain Tsubasa, Prince of Tennis) into Olympics exhibition to increasing foreign-language signs and changing rules of smoking in restaurants, truly the capital is rapidly transforming into a global standard city as it approaches 2020. (RT, Newcastle upon Tyne, 19/11/19)

2020 will be the year that Japan will host the Olympics, Games of the XXXII Olympiad of the modern era, which is expected to be the most innovative ever organized. In line with this, Intel announced its partnership with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the Tokyo Organizing Committee. This will be an avenue for new technologies that will enable innovative new experiences for athletes, attendees and Olympic fans around the world.

Intel once more launching True VR technology for the 2020 summer Olympics. Available across a variety of devices including PCs, tablets, phones, and VR headsets, this system was introduced and used in Pyeongchang 2018 winter Olympics where fans can watch their favorite Olympic game from courtside or anywhere via multiple Intel VR stereoscopic pods containing up to 12 4K-resolution cameras each. By simply switching multiple vantage point of their choice and hearing the natural sound captured at each camera location, fans can create a more immersive and personalized experience in the sports they love to see every four years.

According to the Japan Times, there are approximately 7.8 million tickets available for sale. Last May 2019, more than 3.2 million tickets were sold out of more than 7.5 million residents of Japan who applied for the first Olympic ticket lottery. I also joined the said lottery but unfortunately, I didn’t get lucky. There will be another lottery for the residents scheduled for autumn this year. Since I’m not living in Japan as of the moment, I even don’t have the chance to join and try my luck again.

The final ticket sales for fans inside and outside Japan is scheduled to start in the spring of 2020. If you are living abroad like me, the probability of getting an Olympic ticket might be really small. Moreover, ban of ticket scalping (e.g. tickets that have designated seats as well as QR codes and electronics tickets) came into force ahead of 2020 Olympics. If you are unlucky and failed to purchase one, it might be a good option to try using new technology like Intel True VR for turning your usual telecast Olympic games and ceremonies into realistic, fully immersive virtual reality experience.

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