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Rio wants Olympic volunteers


SHERRYLYN CLARKE, [email protected]

Rio wants Olympic volunteers

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) – The organisers of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics and Paralympics are recruiting 70 000 volunteers for the games that begin in less than two years.

Rio organisers opened the recruitment programme today, looking for 45 000 people for the Olympics and 25 000 for the Paralympics.

Organisers will recruit from abroad as well as in Brazil.

The unpaid volunteers have traditionally provided a savings of millions to organisers. The operating budget for the Rio Games is about $3 billion, which is for running the event itself and does not include infrastructure.

Overall, Rio de Janeiro is expected to spend about $20 billion in the run-up to the games, a mix of public and private money.

Organisers said in a statement that volunteers were expected to handle 500 different functions. Organisers will offer online English courses to those who register, and those selected will receive additional language training.

Volunteers receive a uniform, food and transportation on the days they work. The age minimum is 18, and there is no age maximum.

Registration can be done on the website www.rio2016.com.

“Opportunities are available for a diverse range of skills and characteristics,” organisers said in a statement. “Some functions require knowledge and specific skills, which will be performed by specialist volunteers in the areas of sport, medical services, technology and languages.”

 

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