Training for volunteers for the postponed Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games has resumed for the first time in nearly eight months and is taking place online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As reported by the Japan Times, the Organising Committee restarted its online sessions on October 21 and recently gave access to the media to watch one of the sessions virtually.
In October 2019, volunteering training started but further sessions were postponed in late February as the virus spread across Japan and particularly Tokyo.
Due to coronavirus, the Games were postponed and are now scheduled to take place from July 23 to August 8 2021.
Over 5,000 people in Japan and abroad are set to participate in these sessions until December, according to organisers.
There are set to be 80,000 volunteers for the Games, who were selected from over 200,000 applications.
Volunteers are set to find out their specific work shift between March and May 2021, with further training taking place from April onwards.
It is expected that uniforms will be handed out in May with volunteers beginning training at venues soon after, prior to the opening of the Games.
A recent questionnaire conducted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government revealed nearly 80 per cent of volunteers have expressed concerns over COVID-19.
The survey rolled out in August found 79 per cent of volunteers were worried about the virus, while 49.3 per cent were concerned the postponement of the Games would make people less enthusiastic.
Forty-two per cent worried about "physical capacity" due to factors such as hot weather.
More than 13,000 of the 30,000 City Cast volunteers took part in the questionnaire.
Despite the status of spectators at the Games remaining unknown, 74 per cent said they were looking forward to the opportunity of communicating with fans.
Sixty-seven per cent were anticipating the "exciting atmosphere" of the Games.