POSTED: June 29th 2009

Sochi 2014 volunteers train for Vancouver 2010

Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitaly Mutko, talks with the winning volunteers / Image: Sochi 2014
Russian Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitaly Mutko, talks with the winning volunteers / Image: Sochi 2014

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Sochi 2014 volunteers making the trip to Vancouver during the 2010 Winter Games underwent an intensive three day training session in Moscow to get prepared for the job ahead.

The select 21 ‘Volunteer Team’ members were part of the ‘Olympic Relay: Sochi-Vancouver-Sochi’ competition and chosen from 17 Russian regions. They will have the special experience of attending Vancouver 2010 to study the skills and challenges of Olympic Games volunteering.

The intensive training included history of the Olympic and Paralympic Games and volunteering as well as information about the actual sports events.

Chairman of Sochi 2014, Dmitry Chernyshenko, said, “This activity is a major milestone for Sochi 2014’s volunteering program and will also help to develop a mass volunteering movement in Russia.”
He noted that the volunteer organization of the Sochi 2014 Games is different from Vancouver 2010 and London 2012. For example in Canada approximately 35% of the population is already involved in some sort of volunteer work.

“We are determined that hosting our nation’s first Winter Games will have a fundamental impact on the nature of volunteering across Russia,” he added. “Young people bringing back invaluable experience from Vancouver 2010 for the benefit of visitors to the Sochi 2014 Winter Games will inspire our people to get involved in this positive activity for society.”
Volunteers at Sochi 2014 are expected to have 113,000 staff between January and March 2014. These will include 3500 permanent and temporary staff members, more than 35,000 contract employees and 75,000 thousand volunteers – 25,000 of whom will work at Sochi 2014 venues and the remaining 50,000 thousand will work in urban areas.

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