19 April 2011, Tuesday, 20:10

Bashkortostan joins volunteer movement by “Sochi-2014”

author: news agency "Bashinform"

The possibility of Bashkortostan’s cooperation with the volunteer training center for the Olympic Games “Sochi-2014”, opened under the Bashkir State Medical University, was under discussion in the course of the negotiations between the deputy Prime-Minister of the Government RB Zugura Rakhmatullina and the delegation of the steering committee “Sochi-2014”, the press-service of the Government RB reports.

“It is important that Bashkortostan intends to send 350 volunteers to Sochi and that the volunteer center, opened here, increases the level of presence of the Olympic movement in the region” – Zugura Rakhmatullina said – “It means new technologies and methods as well as new opportunities for further development. Bashkortostan is ready to render assistance to activity of the center”.

It should be noted that in December 2010 the Bashkir State Medical University has become the winner of the competition among Russian education institutions for the right to become a volunteer center and train volunteers for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi in 2014. Therefore the Bashkir State Medical University has become one of two institutes in Russia, which would train volunteers by the direction “Medicine”.

Russia gives everybody a chance to become a volunteer of “Sochi-2014”, so 26 centers, where they are to be trained, will be opened all over the country in May – 26 institutes in 14 regions of Russia will be busy with volunteer training.

The head of the volunteer department “Sochi-2014” Anton Lopukhin said that attraction of wide circles of population to volunteer movement was one of the main aims for his department. That’s why the share of volunteers fr om pedagogues and students of the Bashkir State Medical University is limited. The enrollment of all volunteers will start on February 7, 2012. The head of the “Medicine” division of the steering committee has said that during the nearest three winter seasons the volunteer teams will take part in 64 test competitions, wh ere the coordinated activity of all volunteer services is to be trained.

The Minister of sport and youth policy RB Alexander Nikerin has mentioned that opening of such center will positively affect the development of the volunteer movement in Bashkortostan in a whole.

“We are sure that new technologies and methods for volunteers’ training will be useful for the volunteer center in Bashkortostan, working since 2006” -  he said – “Our volunteers participated in Vancouver Games and in the European winter sports cups, so we are deeply interested in that new experience, coming to us with the opening of a new center”.