The official broadcaster of the Olympics in Japan – NHK on Wednesday reported that around 10,000 volunteers have quit. Ten thousand from 80,000 volunteers is a big number with the Olympics scheduled to open in 50 days.
These volunteers had signed up to help the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. At the moment, Japan faces stiff resistance from its citizens. With coronavirus presence not quite in control, Japanese people demand another postponement or cancellation of the event.
The Tokyo Olympics was scheduled for last year but was postponed by a year citing the risk of a pandemic. Now with vaccination in place, the organizers are confident that they can open the Olympics safely just like other global events.
The recent statements from the officeholders indicate that organizers are in the mood to shift the Olympics to a new date or cancel the event. The IOC also indicated that the Games will be held irrespective of the state of emergency.
Quitting of thousands of volunteers is a huge blow for organizers with the Olympics opening in the next few days.
Committee Director-General Muto Toshiro believes that the quitting of volunteers is not a major problem as many volunteers would be working for both the Olympics and Paralympics.
As the days pass by, the developments will be fast and we will have to wait and watch how organizers react to these developments.