COVID: Over 60% of Tokyo Games volunteers worried

Tokyo, Jul 31 (IANS) | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 1:11:32 PM IST

More than 60 per cent of the volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics are “worried or anxious” about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the Games.

Japanese state broadcaster NHK said on Friday that Tokyo 2020 organisers conducted the survey this month of volunteers who will be working mainly at event sites. About 26,000 out of the 80,000 people who have signed up responded to the survey which allowed multiple answers for each question.
Asked what their main causes of worry or anxiety about the Games were, 66.8 per cent said they were how the pandemic will affect the format of the event and how infection preventive measures will be carried out during the Games, NHK said. Thirty-four per cent also said that they did not have much opportunity to know about their work because their training had been postponed.
Some commented that they were worried about the risk of infection when they work as volunteers. Others mentioned uncertainty over whether the Games will actually be held.


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