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The 2014 Sochi Organizing Committee has prepared a team of over 8,000 volunteers to work at the sports facilities during the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.
"Over 8,000 volunteers will be working at Russia's first-ever Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi. About 7,000 of them are arriving from hundreds of Russian towns. Among the volunteers are 400 foreigners from 60 countries and several dozen people with disabilities," the 2014 Sochi Organizing Committee said in a press release on Monday.
The average age of the volunteers is 25, it said. Many of them passed special training briefings on how to interact with Paralympic athletes.
There are all the conditions to ensure volunteers a comfortable stay in Sochi: for the first time in the Olympic history volunteers will be provided with accommodation and three meals a day, the press release said.
"Over 6,000 volunteers of the Paralympic Games have already arrived in Sochi. Currently, they are being accommodated in three villages built for volunteers, receiving accreditation and Paralympic gear, studying the facilities where they will have to work, and getting ready to meet with the Paralympic athletes and guests," the statement said.
The Sochi 2014 volunteers were recruited through 26 volunteer centers opened with Russia's educational institutions on a competitive basis. Anyone who has is between the ages of 18 and 80 by January 6, 2014, could become a volunteer.