Unforgettable Memories from Vietnamese Volunteers at Paralympics Tokyo 2020

When it comes to the contributions of volunteers at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics, it is impossible not to mention foreign volunteers, including young people from Vietnam.
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Unforgettable Memories from Vietnamese Volunteers at Paralympics Tokyo 2020
Pictures of volunteers at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. Photo: VNA

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially ended with the closing ceremony on the evening of September 5 at the National Stadium in Tokyo.

With what has happened in the past 12 days, it can be affirmed that this year's Paralympic Games have taken place successfully despite the Covid-19 pandemic raging around the world and the host city in a state of medical emergency.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Seiko Hashimoto, head of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee, praised the efforts of the athletes, and emphasized that they helped make this event a success under extremely difficult circumstances.

Although Hashimoto only mentioned athletes, everyone understands that behind the success of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics and the impressive performances of the disabled athletes at this event are the silent contributions of the staff serving at the Paralympics, including volunteers.

After the closing ceremony of the Paralympics, Le Trung Nhat, one of the Vietnamese volunteers serving at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, said volunteering at the Paralympic Games was "one of the most memorable experiences in my life."

Unforgettable Memories from Vietnamese Volunteers at Paralympics Tokyo 2020
Trung Nhat took a souvenir photo with athlete Le Van Cong. Photo: VNA

As a final year student at Tokyo International University, the compassionate young man from Ho Chi Minh City took the initiative to register as a volunteer as soon as there was a recruitment notice from the Olympic and Paralympic Organizing Committee 2020 two years ago.

Through JTB travel agency - the agency that recruits and supplies volunteers for both these Olympics, Trung Nhat has successfully passed the rigorous interview rounds and became one of the selected candidates to help support this important sporting event.

Trung Nhat said he was extremely proud and happy when receiving the announcement of his acceptance because this was the first time he had access to such a special international working environment.

However, in reality, getting started is a big challenge. Paralympic Games 2020 has the participation of more than 4,400 athletes from 162 countries/regions. This is the sports festival for the disabled with the largest number of athletes participating ever.

Therefore, the workload of service staff, including volunteers, is very large. In addition, athletes with disabilities have their own particularities. Therefore, supporting these athletes requires certain skills and ingenuity.

Trung Nhat shares that the volunteers at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games are divided into 3 shifts/day, 8 hours each.

Unforgettable Memories from Vietnamese Volunteers at Paralympics Tokyo 2020
Volunteer Trung Nhat next to the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic logo. Photo: VNA

During their shift, the volunteers had to work almost continuously, with jobs such as measuring body temperature and reminding members of the sports team to disinfect, guiding the delegations to move in the athlete's village.

As for Trung Nhat, thanks to being fluent in both Japanese and English, he is also in charge of providing language support for foreign athletes such as guiding to find the way to the competition venue, buying food, or explain anti-pandemic safety regulations.

Although the work is quite busy, but according to Trung Nhat, the biggest challenge for volunteers is to ensure their own safety against the risk of the pandemic.

In fact, during the course of serving at this sports festival, there were a few times when Trung Nhat had to work two shifts in a row after it was announced that the next shifter had a high fever and couldn't go to work.

Although no one said it, everyone understood that the colleague had Covid-19. Even so, Trung Nhat and many other volunteers still overcome that challenge by thoroughly implementing pandemic prevention measures.

When the Paralympic torch on the national stadium went out, Trung Nhat understood that his work was coming to an end, and he felt very happy to complete his mission without any incident.

It can be seen that overcoming all difficulties, with enthusiasm and a desire to assert themselves, Trung Nhat has not only successfully completed the task but also proved to international friends that Vietnamese youth have enough ability to do well in any job in today's challenging international environment.

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