Demand for Tokyo 2020 tickets means a third lottery will be held in Japan ©Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 organisers have confirmed that a third Olympic ticket lottery for residents of Japan will be held later this year.

The ballot, to take place in the autumn, will replace a first come, first served process that had been planned in the host country.

Details of the extra lottery will be announced in "due course" with organisers reacting to the huge demand in Japan for Olympic tickets.

A second lottery had already been promised with the dates for this confirmed today as between August 8 and 19. 

Only those unsuccessful during the first lottery, held between May 9 and 28, will be able to apply this time.

Nearly 700,000 tickets are expected to be available and will largely be for first round and qualifying competitions.

The sports with sessions available are athletics, baseball/softball, basketball, beach volleyball, canoe sprint, cycling, diving, equestrian, fencing, football, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, modern pentathlon, mountain bike, rowing, rugby sevens, taekwondo, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting and wrestling.  

Applications must be made online via the Tokyo 2020 official ticket website. 

Fans can select one session as their first choice and one other session as their second choice. 

Nearly 700,000 tickets will be available in the second lottery ©Getty Images
Nearly 700,000 tickets will be available in the second lottery ©Getty Images

A maximum of four tickets can be bought for sessions which include medal events and there will be a limit of six tickets for all other sessions.  

Those selected for tickets will be told on September 11 and payment will be due by September 24.

People who did not apply at all during the first phase will not be able to take part, as well as those who were successful.

More than 3.2 million tickets were sold in the first lottery but more than 7.5 million Japanese entered the ballot so a huge number of people missed out.

The official ticketing website was visited more than 24,250,000 times in May as a result of the huge demand, with traffic overwhelming the system and the application phase being extended by 12 hours.

Tokyo 2020 initially estimated that 7.8 million tickets would be made available for the Olympic Games but it is thought the figure could rise to nine million, according to the Japan Times.

A first come, first served phase will open in the spring of 2020 for fans both in Japan and abroad.

People living outside of Japan can now purchase tickets through authorised ticket resellers in their home countries, however, with that process beginning last month.

Paralympic sales will begin next month, after the second lottery.