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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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Friday, Oct. 31


Put your grammar and logical thinking to the test in a fun and friendly environment during the British Book Center’s Board Game Evening starting at 5 p.m. today. The event is free and all are welcome to attend.



Saturday, Nov. 1


The men and women who dedicate their lives to fitness get their chance to compete for the title of best body in Russia at today’s Grand Prix Fitness House PRO, the nation’s premier bodybuilding competition. Not only will men and women be competing for thousands of dollars in prizes and a trip to represent their nation at Mr. Olympia but sporting goods and nutritional supplements will also be available for sale. Learn more about the culture of the Indian subcontinent during Diwali, the annual festival of lights that will be celebrated in St. Petersburg this weekend at the Culture Palace on Tambovskaya Ul. For 100 rubles ($2.40), festival-goers listen to Indian music, try on traditional Indian outfits and sample dishes highlighting the culinary diversity of the billion-plus people in the South Asian superpower.



Sunday, Nov. 2


Check out the latest video and interactive games at the Gaming Festival at the Mayakovsky Library ending today. Meet with the developers of the popular and learn more about their work, or learn how to play one of their creations with the opportunity to ask the creators themselves about the exact rules.



Monday, Nov. 3


Non-athletes can get feed their need for competition without breaking a sweat at the Rock-Paper-Scissors tournament this evening at the Cube Bar at Lomonosova 1. Referees will judge the validity of each matchup award points to winners while the city’s elite fight for the chance to be called the best of the best. Those hoping to play must arrange a team beforehand and pay 200 rubles ($4.80) to enter.



Tuesday, Nov. 4


Attend the premiere of Canadian director Xavier Dolan’s latest film “Mommy” at the Avrora theater this evening. The fifth picture from the 25-year-old, it is the story of an unruly teenager but the most alluring (or unappealing) aspect is the way the film was shot: in a 1:1 format that is more reminiscent of Instagram videos than cinematic art. Tickets cost 400 rubles ($9.60) and snacks and drinks will be available.



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