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100,000+ signup to volunteer at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games

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The International Paralympic Committee is reporting today that with two years to go until the 2016  Olympic and Paralympic Games, over 100,000 people from 180 different countries have registered to be selected as volunteers for the upcoming Games. The vast majority of applications have come from five countries: Brazil, the United States, Mexico, Russia and China.  The Games will require at least 70,000 volunteers total.



After volunteers are selected, they will be put into one of nine different organizational groups including serving the public, sports, press and communications, operational support, production of ceremonies, protocol and languages, healthcare, technology and transport.   They will receive one year of English language training, and training specific to their role as a volunteer.


Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s Human Resources Director Henrique Gonzalez is quoted by the IPC as saying, “We are very happy that the response has been so positive. It is really good to see so many people wanting to play an active role in South America’s first Olympic and Paralympic Games, and share the thrill of this historic event.”

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2569 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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