The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced Wednesday that, at the close of registrations on Dec 21, 186,101 applications for the Tokyo 2020 Games Volunteer Program had been received. Volunteers will enjoy a once-in-a- lifetime opportunity to provide valuable support for the operation of the Games in a variety of roles, and their contribution will be a key factor in the Games' success.
Tokyo 2020 commenced accepting applications for the Games Volunteer Program on Sept 26 this year. Applicants to date range in age from teenagers to those in their 80s; 63% are female and 37% male, with 63% having Japanese nationality and 37% of applications coming from non-Japanese. A significant number of young people have applied, and the relatively large number of non-Japanese applicants highlights the strong level of global interest in the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto said, “We are pleased to have received so many applications. We appreciate applicants' understanding of the purpose of the Volunteer Program and of our Tokyo 2020 vision, and will be providing various programs as part of the orientation and training process to support and engage them before, during and after the Games.”
Interviews and orientation sessions for applicants residing in Japan will commence in February 2019, with general training following in October 2019. Orientation for successful overseas applicants will be held between March and July 2019 via video calls, with training to follow from June 2020. More details can be found here: https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/volunteer/.
Applications from those with a vision impairment may still be submitted; the deadline is 5 p.m. on Jan 18, 2019. The application process is outlined at https://tokyo2020.org/en/special/volunteer/news/notice/20181030-01.html.© Japan Today