25 Jan 2019
The Tokyo Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has announced that a total of 204,680 people in Japan and overseas have applied to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Programme. Volunteers will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to provide valuable support for the Games operations in a variety of roles, and their contribution will be a key factor for the Games’ success.
Tokyo 2020 began accepting applications for the Games Volunteer Programme on 26 September 2018. The total number of applicants rose sharply just prior to last month’s deadline, following a flood of last-minute applications, with the final number including applications from those with a visual impairment, for whom the deadline was extended to 18 January.
Applicants range in age from teenagers to those in their 80s; 64 per cent are female and 36 per cent male; 64 per cent are Japanese and 36 per cent of applications are from non-Japanese people – figures that are largely unchanged since the time of the previous announcement. 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.
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/