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12 Sep 2014
RIO 2016 , IOC News

Past Games inspire Rio 2016 volunteer applications

Just one week after applications opened, more than 60,000 people have already registered their interest in volunteering at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, with many of the candidates being inspired to sign up by past editions of the Games.

Registrations have been received from more than 160 countries so far, including a large number of applicants from countries that have hosted the most recent Olympic Games, highlighting the inspirational effect that the events have had on the local population.

China, which hosted both the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, has provided the largest number of registrations outside the host country, while interest has also been high among those from Russia and Great Britain, following the success of the Sochi 2014 and London 2012 volunteer programmes.

Great Britain’s Ian Kershaw, who volunteered during the London 2012 Olympic Games, is among those to have registered his interest.

“In London I was a workforce team leader in the Athletes’ Village,” he said. “It was the best month of my life, being surrounded by such positivity in all respects. I registered for Rio 2016 on the first day possible.”

Like Kershaw, approximately 60 per cent of candidates have already taken part in some kind of volunteering in the past, while interest has been shown in all 500 roles available during the Games, including interpreters, drivers, reporters and medical professionals.

The host country has so far provided the largest number of applicants, with 37,903 Brazilians (62 per cent of the total) keen to participate in the first Olympic Games in South America.

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