Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee recruited 17,000 volunteers for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and there were also more than 18,000 volunteers in host cities, Tatyana Gomzyakova, Head of the Volunteer Department at Russia 2018 Local Organizing Committee and member of Year of Volunteers Organizing Committee, said during a news conference at the Moscow City Press Center.
According to the speaker, the concept of the volunteer program was developed three years ago, on July 7, 2015.
"We have implemented it nearly in full as stipulated in that concept," Gomzyakova noted.
The program provided for setting up volunteer centers within Russian universities, and 15 educational institutions opened these centers, reviewing more than 176,000 applications.
According to the Organizing Committee, to train the volunteers, 800 interviewers conducted a total of 23,000 hours of interviews.
More than 350 events of various kinds were organized for volunteers during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, including training sessions, culture festivals, sports events, and environmental awareness campaigns.
The average age for volunteers was 24 years, and 64 percent were women, statistics show. Volunteers came from 85 Russian regions, and 7 percent of the total came from abroad, representing 112 countries.
"We had fascinating stories with volunteers. This was a large international team, and all have become very close, and I think that they will keep in touch," Gomzyakova pointed out.
Ksenia Razuvayeva, Head of the Directorate of the Year of Volunteers, shared statistics provided by the Public Opinion Foundation, adding that the indicators exceeded the initial projections.
In fact, between 7 and 8 percent of Russian nationals older than 18 regularly volunteered in 2017, while in the first six months of 2018 this indicator was within the range of 10 to 11 percent.
"With the level of competence that we have developed we have every right to say that we have the potential to host events of this kind. Not only can we do it, but we can host them at the highest level better than anyone in the world," Razuvayeva noted.
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