Russian Volunteers To Experience London 2012 Ahead Of Sochi 2014
London 2012 officials are selecting Russian volunteers at the Volunteer Movement Rally which opened Wednesday in Sochi, host city for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The rally assembles 250 volunteers from 14 regions of Russia and 26 "Sochi 2014" Volunteer Centers. The results will be announced in November and 104 people will form the Russian Volunteer Team for the London 2012 Games - 80 to work at the Olympic Games and 24 at the Paralympics.
Following their return from London the volunteers will share their knowledge with their colleagues from the volunteer centres around Russia.
Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, said, "Sochi 2014 Volunteer Centers will start massive recruitment of volunteers in February 2012 - two years prior to the Games. The 'golden hundred' of the Sochi 2014 volunteers baptized by the London Games will become a good human resource basis for the volunteer centres. I'm sure that these youngsters will not only add their experience but also the Olympic drive to organizing and holding the Sochi Games.
"We will be the first Organizing Committee in the history of Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games to provide a large scale games-time test to our volunteers' performance prior to their exposure at Sochi 2014. The London Olympic Games will comprise lots of functional areas of volunteers' activity - from meeting the guests at the airport to assisting at the Closing Ceremony of the Games. Taking into account the wide range of tasks, the London 2012 Organizing Committee imposes high demands upon future volunteers. They have to possess lots of skills - be multilingual, team-oriented, command basic knowledge on the Olympic family, and many other things".Write or read comments about this article
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