More than 180,000 applications received for Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Programme

The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) announced today that, at the close of registrations on 21 December, 186,101 applications for the Tokyo 2020 Games Volunteer Programme had been received. 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. Applications from people with a visual impairment will be accepted until 17:00 JST on 18 January.

Tokyo 2020 began accepting applications for the Games Volunteer Programme on 26 September this year. Applicants 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.

Thank you all for applying!

The two-year period commencing from the time you registered your application up until Games-time is referred to as the “Volunteer Journey”. There will be opportunities to meet other volunteer applicants that share the same ambition and spirit, and team solidarity will grow stronger. You will one day look back and realise that from the first step you took on this incredible journey, you have had a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will cherish for the rest of your life. That is what the Volunteer Journey is all about.

An important aspect is to choose a name for the Games Volunteers, so you have an identity you can share with fellow volunteers. You have until 20 January 2019 to cast a vote to select the name that will become your identity as a Games Volunteer.

The next stage is the orientation which will start sometime in or after February 2019. We will be sending a notice about the orientation between the end of January and July.

We look forward to meeting you in person!