Tokyo Olympics begin search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers

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TOKYO – Tokyo Olympic organizers have begun their search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in just under two years.

The closing date for applications will be in December, though Tokyo 2020 organizers say they have not set a specific day.

Olympics volunteers are unpaid and must provide their own lodging. They are given uniforms and free meals on the days they work.

The Tokyo metropolitan government is also running a separate volunteer program to help steer tourists during the Olympics. It is reported to be seeking about 30,000 volunteers.

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