Organizers of the Tokyo Games began accepting applications on Tuesday for refunds on tickets to the Paralympics for ticket holders in Japan who are unable to attend the games due to the one-year postponement over the coronavirus pandemic.

Those who purchased tickets through the domestic lottery can apply for a refund on the organizer's website until 11:59 a.m. on Dec. 21. Refunds will be issued from mid-January.

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Tokyo is scheduled to host the Summer Paralympics for the second time from Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 next year, following the Olympics between July 23 and Aug. 8. The Tokyo Games were postponed in March amid the global coronavirus outbreak.

Paralympic tickets that have already been purchased remain valid in principle for rescheduled events. The refunds are intended for ticket holders who can no longer attend due to the one-year postponement.

Organizers said refunds would also be issued in the future if ticket holders are unable to attend the games because of countermeasures put in place to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The window to apply for Olympic ticket refunds ended on Monday.