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COVID-19: Nearly 10,000 Olympic volunteers quit pandemic

Tokyo: About 10,000 volunteers for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in Tokyo have stopped, partly worried about coronavirus infections, Japanese organizers said on Wednesday. “There is no doubt that one of the reasons is the concern about coronavirus infections,” organizing committee chief executive Toshiro Muto told reporters in Tokyo. Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have undertaken to establish safe Games through a strict hygiene protocol. But despite all the assurance, there remain doubts and concerns, reports DPA. Volunteers, who make up the largest group of participants, do not know if they will be tested, who have even been vaccinated against the coronavirus.

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“There is no information about it,” Barbara Holthus, deputy director of the German Institute for Japanese Studies in Tokyo, said in an interview. She volunteered for the Olympics. Another reason indicated by the organizers for the withdrawal of so many volunteers is the postponement of the Games by one year, which now begins on July 23rd. About 1,000 volunteers also withdrew from protests against the sexist comments by former organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori, who resigned following the scandal. The 10,000 withdrawals come from the 80,000 volunteers for the competition sites, but the organizers say they do not expect any problems due to the absence of foreign fans.