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Olympic Volunteers Pour Into Sochi

Published: January 30, 2014 (Issue # 1795)



  • 25,000 volunteers were drawn from 26 volunteer centers based at educational institutions across Russia.
    Photo: sochi2014.com

More than half of the 25,000 volunteers recruited for the upcoming Winter Olympics have arrived in Sochi and are preparing to meet the athletes and guests, organizers said Tuesday.

The volunteer team is comprised of about 23,000 Russians and 2,000 foreigners from around 60 countries. The average age is 25, while the oldest volunteer, who comes from Siberia and attended the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, is aged 75.

Among foreign volunteers, 10 percent come from the United States, 9 percent from Ukraine, 8 percent from Canada, the United Kingdom and Kazakhstan, 7 percent from Germany and 4 percent from France and Belarus.

Related: Hundreds of Petersburgers Headed South to Help Sochi Games

Some Sochi volunteers also come from Japan, New Zealand, Cameroon, Congo and Pakistan. The opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics takes place on February 7.

Organizers say that more than 7,000 people will be involved in helping at events and 2,400 in medal ceremonies. Some 1,000 will work with National Olympic Committee (NOC) and National Paralympic Committee (NPC) delegations.

Others will be responsible for accreditation, arrivals and departures, as well as language services.

Related: 25,000 Volunteers Set to Go

Volunteers were drawn from 26 volunteer centers based at educational institutions across Russia. The campaign to recruit volunteers was launched in February 2012 and anyone aged between 18 and 80 could apply.

Volunteers are to leave Sochi in late March when all the Olympic and Paralympic guests have returned home.





 


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Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in “Downton Abbey” if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russia’s best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russia’s most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkin’s, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontov’s short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library System’s website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Club’s weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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