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Sales of Tokyo Games volunteer uniforms increase on websites

In response, the Tokyo Games organizing committee has been asking the website and app operators to remove posts selling the items provided to the volunteers. (AFP)
In response, the Tokyo Games organizing committee has been asking the website and app operators to remove posts selling the items provided to the volunteers. (AFP)
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15 Jul 2021 09:07:59 GMT9
15 Jul 2021 09:07:59 GMT9

TOKYO: Sales of Tokyo Olympics volunteer uniforms have been increasing on auction websites and flea market apps after it was decided that Tokyo area venues will have no spectators.

In response, the Tokyo Games organizing committee has been asking the website and app operators to remove posts selling the items provided to the volunteers.

More and more uniforms for the so-called city volunteers, who were meant to provide tourism and transport information and guide spectators around venues, have been up for sale since around July 8, when it was decided that Olympic venues in Tokyo and its three neighboring prefectures will stage the games without fans to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. 

People have also been selling staff identification cards used in the Olympic torch relay.

On the Mercari online flea market, operated by Mercari Inc., a set of a polo shirt and a pair of trousers was sold for 12,000 yen. The post said the owner chose to sell the items “since the city volunteer activities were canceled.”

Another post said that the items were on sale because the owner “withdrew from volunteering.” There were also some sets that included shoes and hats.

Most of the volunteer items on the websites have been sold.

The volunteer participation agreement prohibits the sale and transfer of volunteer uniforms.

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato explained that volunteers are supposed to return their uniforms if they withdraw from participation.

An official of the organizing committee said, “It is extremely regrettable that the items given for (volunteer) activities are used for other purposes.” The official added that the committee will thoroughly remind volunteers about the participation rules.

JIJI Press 

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