Just over a year and a half is remaining for the sports’ biggest extravaganza to take place & Tokyo 2020 organizers have revealed that over 200,000 people have applied to be volunteers at next year's Olympic Games, far exceeding their expectations for the extravaganza.
A total of 204,680 people from Japan and overseas had applied to the program, said the organizers who initially had hoped for 80,000 volunteers.
That deadline lapsed last Friday (January 18), with Tokyo 2020 announcing the overall figure had risen to 204,680. The number includes both Japanese and foreign applicants, as well as those with visual impairment.
"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." Tokyo 2020 spokesperson said.
The age of applicants reportedly ranges from teenagers to those in their 80s. A total of 64 percent are female, while the same percentage are 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 spokesperson added.
Orientation for overseas applicants will be held via video call between March and July, with training to follow from June 2020. The Olympic Games are due to begin on July 24 next year, while the Paralympics are scheduled to get underway on August 25.
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