The Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the names that have been chosen for the teams of Tokyo 2020 volunteers and staff who will provide key support in ensuring the success of the Games, which will be held from 24 July to 9 August 2020.
Following a ballot of 37,739 volunteer applicants who selected from a shortlist of four sets of names, 16,187 voted for Games volunteers and staff to be known as the “Field Cast” with the city volunteers to be called the “City Cast”.
Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the Tokyo Organising Committee, said: “We believe that each volunteer is essential to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games. We will continue our preparations so that all Games volunteers and staff will grow to love and be proud of these names and will help in leading to the success of the Games.
“Tokyo 2020 staff and volunteers will play key roles in the success of the Games, and they will enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in a variety of roles to provide valuable support for the operation of the Games. The selected names will be used in a number of scenarios and communications, including the volunteer orientation and interview process, and will help to develop momentum and a sense of unity among those selected.
We believe that each volunteer is essential to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games.Toshiro Muto CEO, Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee
“We will strive to make these names become well known by using them in various opportunities, such as at the orientation meetings which will start on February 9. They were decided upon by votes submitted by people who applied to be Games volunteers,” added Muto.
A total of 149 pairs of names were originally proposed by advertising agencies from which the shortlisted four were picked by the Tokyo 2020 Volunteer Name Selection Committee, whose members comprised athletes, past volunteers and experts, with a trademark vetting process also undertaken in Japan.
“Shining Blue and Shining Blue Tokyo” got 10,328 votes, “Games Anchor and City Anchor” 5,688 votes and “Games Force and City Force” received 5,536. The names will first be used at the volunteer interview and orientation sessions for Japanese residents starting on 9 February 2019.