Record number of volunteers applied for 2018 World Cup
31 Dec 2016 - 21:34
Moscow: A new record in the number of volunteers bids for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia was registered in the global football tournament's history, Alexei Sorokin, the director general of Russia-2018 Local Organising Committee (LOC), said.
"We are more than satisfied with the results of the (volunteer recruitment) programme," Sorokin said in an interview with Tass on Friday. "We have received an overall of some 170,000 applications. This is the most impressive campaign by its scale in FIFA's history."
The 2018 World Cup as well as the 2017 Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment campaign was launched at a solemn ceremony in Moscow on June 1 by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
In October of 2015, the Russian Sports Ministry certified 15 higher education establishments in 11 cities across Russia, officially authorising them to recruit and prepare volunteers for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, which are the two major FIFA events to be hosted by Russia in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
A total of 5,000 volunteers were to be selected to serve at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, while 15,000 volunteers were planned to be recruited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.