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Hungarian Student One of Only Two Foreign Volunteers at Tokyo Olympics

Ábrahám Vass 2021.07.26.

There are only two non-Japanese volunteers working at the Tokyo Olympics. One of the lucky ones is a 24-year-old Hungarian student, Julianna Molnár, Hungarian state newswire MTI reported.

Molnár studies art history at the Japanese capital’s Ochanomizu University. She revealed that she arrived in Japan back in 2017, after having studied Japanese in Budapest and then winning a scholarship to the Land of the Rising Sun. She said she had come to Japan because she is very interested in contemporary Japanese art and culture.

“One of my friends told me that I could apply to volunteer at the Olympics, and then I was selected.” she told MTI.

She fulfills protocol duties at the Games, and her first task was to accompany VIP guests from the car park to the boxes before the opening ceremony. In total, she has to work six days, and she was free to choose her schedule.

Speaking about the Japanese and the Olympics itself, Molnár says locals are definitely a little sad being unable to follow the Games on the spot. At the same time, there is definitely some anxiety and fear present among them, mostly due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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“They have been preparing a lot, they have been working for years to make everything perfect, and I see that everything was really well organized, with those meticulous details they are known for; competition venues were also built and they were waiting for the Olympians, prepared to the maximum level,” she explained.

Featured photo by Zsolt Czeglédi/MTI


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