Hindustan Times ST (Jaipur)

Olympics volunteers quit in thousands


Around 10,000 of the 80,000 volunteers who signed up to help at the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games have quit, broadcaste­r NHK reported, citing organisers. On Wednesday, Japan’s Kurume City pulled out of hosting Kenya’s preolympic­s training camp over pandemic concerns, Kenya’s Olympics committee said, becoming the latest location to cancel plans to host overseas squads. The Games are due to start in less than eight weeks but the pandemic has disrupted preparatio­ns, with more than 100 municipali­ties scrapping plans to host teams. Facilities for training camps were now vaccinatio­n venues, the Kenyan statement quoted Kurume authoritie­s as saying. There was no immediate confirmati­on from Japan. Meanwhile, senior IOC member Richard Pound told Evening Standard: “Barring Armageddon that we can’t see or anticipate, these things (Olympics) are a go.”

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