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Olympics: 'Field Cast' chosen as nickname for Tokyo 2020 volunteers

In this July 24, 2018 file photo, Miraitowa, left, and Someity, the mascots of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, attend an event in Tokyo, marking the start of the two-year countdown to the Summer Games. (Kyodo)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Organizers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games announced Monday that "Field Cast" will be the nickname given to volunteers working at competition venues and the athletes' village.

Prospective volunteers had until Jan. 20 to vote for their nickname among four nominees, including "Games Anchor," "Games Force" and "Shining Blue." Field Cast received 16,187 of the 37,739 votes, while Shining Blue was the second-most popular with 10,328.

City volunteers, recruited separately by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, will be known as "City Cast" and will offer transport and sightseeing information to spectators and tourists inside the capital.

Organizers said the monikers are intended to create a sense of unity among volunteers, and will strive to make the nicknames become well known after orientation sessions begin on Feb. 9.

"We believe that each volunteer is essential to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games" organizing committee CEO Toshiro Muto said.

"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."

The nicknaming trend began in 2012 at the London Games, where volunteers were known as "Games Makers." Those at last year's Pyeongchang Winter Games were called "Passion Crew."

Last week, organizers revealed they have received over 200,000 volunteer applications, far surpassing their original target of 80,000 when they began the online process in September.

The Tokyo Olympics will be held between July 24 and Aug. 9, 2020, followed by the Paralympics from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6.

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