Tokyo Olympics rules out overseas volunteers

The delayed Tokyo Olympics will be held without overseas volunteers.

The announcement was made by the Games’ organisers just days after they said international fans will be barred from going to Japan to watch the sporting spectacle, both measures aimed at stemming the pandemic spread.

“I’m really sorry, but we have decided there is no other choice but to drop the plan,” said Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organising committee.

However, the organisers said a limited number of volunteers could be allowed if they have special skills.

Initially, some 80,000 unpaid volunteers were to be used for the Games which were moved from last summer.

The Olympics will begin on July 23.