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Ex-Olympic Worker Cares About Athletes, Staffers

Ex-Olympic Worker Cares About Athletes, Staffers

   Yamato, Kanagawa Pref., July 20 (Jiji Press)--A former worker at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics cares about foreign athletes visiting Japan to compete at the upcoming Games and staffers at the Olympic Village amid the coronavirus pandemic.
   Masaru Saigusa, 85, was on the staff of the Olympic Village in 1964, when he was on loan to the Games' organizing committee from Tokyo Gas Co. <9531>.
   "Those involved in managing the Olympic Village must be having a hard time" because of the novel coronavirus, he said.
   It is "unfortunate" that the opening ceremony for the facility and welcome events for delegations have been canceled this time, he added.
   In this summer's Olympics, set to open on Friday, spectators will be barred from most of the competition venues.

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