Over 160,000 Apply To Become Games Volunteers

Over 160,000 apply to become Games volunteers

The number of applicants for volunteer positions at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics has topped 160,000. That's twice the target set by the Games' organizing committee.

At a meeting of the committee's executive board on Thursday, an official said over 162,000 people had applied as of that morning.

After the meeting, committee Director General Toshiro Muto told reporters he is grateful that 60 percent of the applicants want to work for 11 days or longer.

Muto said the committee may eventually choose less than 80,000 volunteers as it initially assumed 10 days of work per person.

The volunteers will provide assistance at competition venues, the athletes' village, and elsewhere.

Online registration for positions began in September and closes at 5 PM on Friday, except for people with visual disabilities.