Games Diary (VIII)
There are about 80,000 volunteers in the Olympic Games. Initially there were 110,000, but many were wiped out after a year of postponement and fears of infection spreading.
is round selfies With the Olympic Rings of the Golf Course. There is also a line for taking photos which will surely capture many people. Likes On Instagram. Players and journalists quickly put away their cell phones as they pass by. As well as Japanese volunteers who work in sports. From a retired grandfather to a kid just entering college. They all want to immortalize a memory on their small screen. Of course, at the end of the photographic session, it’s time to thoroughly disinfect the rings.
“I spent three years studying English to be able to work as a volunteer at the Olympic Games,” he says. Hiro ShinodaA 78-year-old man who first took out the cleaning cloth. It’s been 12 years since Hiro retired. He has worked his entire life at an accounting firm in Saitama City, which hosts events for golf, basketball, and some football games.
“In Saitama we registered over 4,000 volunteers because it was going to be one of the most popular places for the public for team competitions. In the end, the public was refused entry but we were the same volunteers. And we don’t have much to do other than turn around and help the athletes and journalists,” Hiro says.
You are right. At any Olympic venue in Tokyo you scream for help and 20 volunteers come out from under the stones. It is easy to separate them from the organization’s payroll employees because They all wear blue polo shirts and gray rionera to match the logo of these Olympics.
They are the major unpaid workforce for the development of the Olympic Games, and which allows organizers to save millions of euros in salaries. What they get is their uniform, which includes shoes and socks, free food to those places and a ticket for 1,000 yen (7.7 euros) per day for transportation. There are about 80,000 volunteers. Initially there were 110,000, but many were wiped out after a year of postponement and fears of infection spreading.
Yet there are so many volunteers for games without spectators that, as the retired Hiro says, many don’t know what to do. Some even clean coffee makers used by other volunteers. They work as translators, guides, cleaners, sweepers, drivers… They also act as psychologists if necessary to pacify the lack of patience of journalists when the bus is late.
Almost all of the volunteers are Japanese, although the organization opened the country so that some foreigners could lend a hand, although they paid for their accommodation.
“We are very happy to be able to help our city. The situation with the virus is very difficult, but we try to make you as comfortable as possible,” he says. kaito, a twenty-year-old working on a canal where canoeing is celebrated.
They are happy volunteers, oblivious to the noise unlike the games in the city.