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Foreign volunteers for Tokyo Olympics stuck in virus limbo

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By Katie Forster

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I have to applaud their Olympic spirit. I am not so sure about their good judgment.

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I think these kids full of love for anime and manga should stop idolizing a country that doesn’t give a dime to foreigners and reinvest their saving for a nice vacation once this pandemic is over,which might be a few years.

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Those UK volunteers won’t be able to leave the country anyway, you currently cannot travel from the UK without ‘good reason’ ie work or medical treatment.

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Call me cynical but I just don’t get the attraction to the Olympics and why people are willing to disrupt their lives so much for it. They are corrupt to the core. I would rather have root canal work 24/7 than volunteer for the Olympics.

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I recinded my opportunity and papers to be a volunteer to the Olympics and it had nothing to with the sexism of Mori. He is an old man and has no clue what he is saying.

The virus aspect made me quit. I wanted to help down at Enoshima for the sailing events as I am an avid surfer, know the water and the whole area.

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"But they now face an agonizing wait for news as tough decisions are made about how to hold the event safely, or at all."

What's agonizing about it? It's not the result of a check for a disease that could end their lives (which the might catch if they volunteer at the Olympics), and it's not a life-altering job they'll earn anything from -- in fact, most volunteers have to PAY to do it in one form or another. What, is the person they love only going to agree to marry them if they get to volunteer? Is there some vengeful god who will snap his/her fingers and end that person's life if the Olympics are cancelled? Surely there are more pressing issues they could be thinking and taking care of while they wait.

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All the corporate greed & bribes sloshing around and people will work for these olympic creeps for free, volunteer for an organization that only cares about making money to line the pockets of its own lot.

People are either desperate for attention, , simple or simply bored out of their heads to want to spend their own money to work for a large rotten organization like this for free !

Something seriously wrong with the whole thing , does anyone else understand what is wrong with this olympic model .........................it was once about sports and nations , now its just a big scam, sham and disgusting blight.

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I didn't register but now I want to, after Mori:s comment.

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There won"t be any foreign volunteers needed or coming, they should notify them asap.

Probably no or very few foreign visitors if the games go ahead.... Keep your eyes on Feb 22nd.

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William77Today  04:25 pm JST

I think these kids full of love for anime and manga should stop idolizing a country ...............

Kids?

"I've been plowing money into this, not doing things, not going places... ploughing everything into having a really good time," the 73-year-old said.

A keen international volunteer, Mary O'Leary, 61,

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William77Today  04:25 pm JST

I think these kids full of love for anime and manga should stop idolizing a country that doesn’t give a dime to foreigners 

Did you read the article? It's about the Olympics and there is no mention at all of anime or manga.

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"I understand that. With my age, I've got to consider it," she said. "But this is Japan... if Tokyo goes ahead, it's because they know they can do it safely."

And the reality is completely different!

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With the amount of money exchanged in the Olympics, no one should have to volunteer. They should be paid.

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The volunteer application folder specifically says you have only two short breaks in 8 hours, no lunch time, and must pay for your own train fare etc.

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It's unfortunate that they just want to help but they are in the frontlines of a looming political tug-of-war they didn't think they signed up on. Might be best to burn bridges and cut their losses. I was in the verge of volunteering myself but fortunately I was too lazy to sign up.

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"I understand that. With my age, I've got to consider it," she said. "But this is Japan... if Tokyo goes ahead, it's because they know they can do it safely."

Yikes.

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Thank you for volunteering to bring the UK variant and spread it around Japan. Are these people serious? There may only be Japanese spectators, if that, and they don't need foreign volunteers to guide them around. But the government and the olympics want to bring these people they must ensure they do two weeks fully supervised hotel quarantine at their own expense probably since they are volunteers.

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I have to applaud their Olympic spirit. I am not so sure about their good judgment.

Their heart is in the right place, but they are niave.

Come to Japan at your own risk, help us out free of charge, pay your own way while you are in Japan, and when the games are over, go home.

Oh, and by rhe way, don't go spreading Convid-19 around our country.

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Insane.

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As a selected volunteer myself, the only agonizing thing is when we start training. They have done a decent job keeping us in the loop but we won’t know more until April. As for people outside of Japan, I would change your plans and cancel tickets. Don’t think we will need extra help but Thank you for your enthusiasm and effort. If the games are scaled down with no audience allowed, it will really be a really unfortunate Games. Beijing starting a year from now too. Paris 2024 should be back to “New Normal”. Los Angeles 2028 should be fantastic.

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I am curious, with $15 billions pumped into the Olympics, can they not afford contractors? Why do they need volunteers?

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@Pukey2 whoops I made the same comment as you, sorry.

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Thank you for your straight-forward & sincere comments @WilliaminTK 7:31 pm JST ‘As a selected volunteer myself, ...we won’t know more until April. As for people outside of Japan, I would change your plans & cancel tickets. Don’t think we will need extra help but Thank you for your enthusiasm and effort. ...unfortunate.

From the article, “Judith Gurney is desperate to know...an agonizing wait....but says it’s worth it for camaraderie and to meet like-minded people.

We ALL wish the two of you, and others, had the opportunity to share the experience in person. But the ‘burying heads in the sand’ and the ‘wishing for it to go away’ by the profiteers was not NOT the correct response in the early stages of the current situation. Best wishes to all of you and once again, thank you for your sacrifices.

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@llyfrgellydd

You summed it up perfectly!

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Yes. What will the foreign volunteers do.

They are so important and demand attention, priority, the PM himself should make comments, pay money, give them free stay, free food... What else does the foreig volunteer demand?

You guys should make a list since your so important.

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Have people got nothing better to do than want to be an Olympic volunteer in Japan? It's not exactly the most enticing of positions or countries.

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Superspreaders

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Thank you for volunteering to bring the UK variant and spread it around Japan. Are these people serious? There may only be Japanese spectators, if that, and they don't need foreign volunteers to guide them around. But the government and the olympics want to bring these people they must ensure they do two weeks fully supervised hotel quarantine at their own expense probably since they are volunteers.

> Superspreaders

How impolite and insensitive.

I think enough Japanese people abroad returning (selfishly may I add) sick to Japan did a good enough job of spreading the virus around Japan.

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That im@ille should be reminded that he will get a vaccine developed by foreigners and his precious country is totally dependent from the EU from the vaccination.

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I"m sorry but it's crazy that they paid for the priviledge to help the IOC rake in billions. They should be paid. Hope they have travel insurance

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Look at the olympics twitter page, it no longer shows Tokyo but next year's games.. #signals..

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I think these kids full of love for anime and manga should stop idolizing a country that doesn’t give a dime to foreigners and reinvest their saving for a nice vacation once this pandemic is over,which might be a few years.

Are you sad bb??..

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So how does an article like this even come about... We can't cancel the games, the games must go on! What will those foreign volunteers do, go interview them?

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Judith Gurney is desperate to know if she is going to the Tokyo Olympics, not as an athlete, but one of thousands of foreign volunteers left in limbo by virus uncertainty.

Uncertainty?!? It's certain that it's NOT going to happen! And even it it does, I don't think I would want to attend!

organizers insist will go ahead this year despite raging infections worldwide.

OMG!! How can they "insist" that it will happen?!?

But they now face an agonizing wait for news as tough decisions are made about how to hold the event safely, or at all.

OMG again! It's not a tough decision!

Japan and IOC! Here, copy and paste this:

"The 2020/2021 summer Olympics is cancelled. We are disappointed that it has turned out this way but in the larger scheme of things this is the best decision for everyone. We feel for all the athletes and fans that were looking forward to attending but it would be irresponsible of us to try and host the event this year. We are hopeful that the 2024 summer Olympics will go on as scheduled. Thank you again and please be safe! Japan and the IOC."

omg #unbelievable
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