The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today 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 to the operation of the Games in a variety of roles, and their contribution will be a key factor in 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 whose deadline was extended to 18 January.
Applicants range in age from teenagers to those in their 80s; 64% are female and 36% male, with 64% having Japanese nationality and 36% of applications coming from non-Japanese — 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.