Over 960,000 volunteer applications received for 2022 Winter Olympics



Saturday was the 35th International Volunteer Day, and according to local organizers, more than 960,000 people have applied to be volunteers for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games a year after the global recruitment campaign began.

The online Beijing 2022 Volunteer Application Portal has been viewed more than 33 million times with 1.22 million users registered, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (BOCOG) said.

According to Teng Shengping, director of the BOCOG's Volunteer Department, more than 960,000 applications from 168 countries and regions have been received, which represents the common aspiration worldwide for a successful Beijing 2022.

Recruitment of city volunteers is launched in Beijing, September 21, 2020. /VCG

Ninety-six percent of the applications are from young people under the age of 35, and 85 percent are university students. More than 2,000 people with disabilities have also shown willingness to be part of the Games.

A total of 27,000 volunteers will be needed for the Olympic Winter Games and 12,000 for the Paralympic Winter Games.

Qualified volunteers will undergo general, specialty, venue and post-specific training before performing their duties, while those who are not chosen may still have the opportunity to be city volunteers, said BOCOG deputy secretary general Xu Zhijun.

The application period will close at midnight Beijing time on June 30, 2021.

Renovation of the "Water Cube" into the "Ice Cube" is underway in Beijing National Aquatic Center, November 29, 2020. /VCG

The Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, 2022.

All skiing test events this season for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics have been canceled because of coronavirus restrictions, but preparations are on track despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic.

(With input from agencies)