On International Volunteer Day, 5 December, the Organizing Committee of the Winter Games in Sochi presented the national "Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team". The Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team is complete, comprised of 25,000 volunteers from 26 volunteer centers across Russia as well as global volunteers. The team has undergone several states of training, and is prepared to work at the first Winter Games in the history of our country.
The Sochi 2014 Volunteer Team is young and energetic. The average age of volunteers is 25, among them 60% are men and 40% are women.
There are volunteers of the “silver age group” in the team — in total 928 people, their average age is 62. 16% of the volunteers of the older generation are foreign citizens.
Most volunteers were selected in the Krasnodar region, including Sochi (24%), Moscow (11%) and St. Petersburg (7%). The Moscow region (a little less than 7%) and the Rostov region (3%) complete the top five leaders.
Approximately 2000 of the volunteers are foreign citizens. A majority of them come from the United States (10%), Ukraine (9%), Canada, the UK and Kazakhstan (8%). 7% of the foreign volunteers will come from Germany and 4% from France and the Republic of Belarus. The team has several volunteers from Japan, New Zealand, Cameroon, Congo and Pakistan.
At the 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the largest number of volunteers will be involved in events servicing (7102 people), servicing of ceremonies (2413 people), interaction with the National Olympic and Paralympic Committees (1180 people), interaction with the IOC (IPC) - 1149 people, accreditation (969) people, arrivals and departures (935 people) and language services (564 people).
Approximately 60% of the total number of volunteers will work at the Olympic Coastal Cluster venues, primarily at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, and 40% will work in the Mountain Cluster venues, mainly at the Laura Cross-Country Ski & Biathlon Center.
A majority of Sochi 2014 volunteers will arrive on the 21 and 27 January 2014, and depart on either 24 February or 17 March 2014.
Tatiana Navka, Olympic champion in the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Turin, "Sochi 2014" Ambassador” comments:
"I would like to thank all the volunteers for their hard work! Volunteers should be diligent, committed, and knowledgeable of the area, but most importantly, willing to make every guest, spectator, and athlete feel welcome. Of course, volunteers not only help run the Games, but also cheer up the athletes and spectators with their energetic attitude. I have repeatedly pointed out that volunteers of all ages are vital to successful Games. I hope that in Sochi they will all work together as a friendly and professional team! "
Volunteer Brovko Sergey, Moscow, Doping control FA:
"As part of the Sochi 2014 family of volunteers, I will have a firsthand experience shaping and taking part in the Olympic Games. Last season, I was involved in the test events and I am proud to continue contributing to Russia’s hosting of this major sporting event."
Notes to the Editor
The training program for the Olympic volunteers is one of the most large –scale projects of the "Sochi 2014" Organizing Committee. At the Games in Sochi, about 25 000 volunteers will be involved in more than 20 areas, ranging from meetings of delegations at the airport to helping to organize the Games closing ceremony. In addition, about 3,000 volunteers trained in Sochi Games will help guests navigate between venues and welcome them in a hospitable and friendly manner. In general, the volunteers will comprise more than 30 % of the entire staff involved in the Games.
Recruitment of volunteers was carried out through 26 volunteer centers established at the educational institutions of Russia selected on a competitive basis.
A volunteer can be anyone, who on January 6, 2014 will be 18 to 80 years old.