The Sochi 2014 Organising Committee has marked the two-year countdown to the start of the Games by announcing details of its volunteer recruitment program.
An estimated 25,000 volunteers will work during the Games in Sochi in more than 20 areas, including meeting and greeting the delegations at the airport and helping to organize the closing ceremony.
Applications can be made via a form on the volunteers official website. Anyone between the ages of 18-80 (on 6 January 2014) is eligible to become a Sochi 2014 volunteer.
Following the online application, bids will be received by one of 26 Sochi 2014 volunteer centres situated all over the country, according to a chosen activity area and region of residence. Applicants will receive registration acknowledgement within a few days of submitting their application, and those whose bids satisfy the requirements mentioned at vol.sochi2014.com will be invited to a selection interview.
Different events held all over the country, in conjunction with the 26 Sochi 2014 volunteer centres, will mark the start of the volunteers’ recruitment. The most important event will be in Sochi at the "Rosa Khutor" Alpine Center in Krasnaya Polyana, which Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Kozak is due to attend. Volunteers will light a giant heart (1.2m x 1.2m), the symbol of the Sochi 2014 volunteer movement.
The President and CEO of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, Dmitry Chernyshenko, noted: "If volunteers come to Sochi they will not just get a nice volunteer uniform, but also the chance to see their sports idols. The best of the best, chosen through competition, will be involved in a great historical event, which they will remember for their whole lives".