120 volunteer candidates for the 2018 World Cup took part in organizing the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating

Every day the volunteers helped in such spheres as Transportation, Team Services, Accreditation, Medical Services and Doping Control, Ceremonies and Spectator Services
19 September 2016
Some 120 activists from the Saransk volunteer centre for the FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia™ took part in organizing one of the Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating stages, which was held in Saransk, the Mordovian State University’s volunteer centre told welcome2018.com.

The volunteers took several shifts each day between September 13 and 18 to help out in six different spheres: Transportation, Team Services, Accreditation, Medical Services and Doping Control, Ceremonies and Spectator Services. A motivational programme was developed specially for the participants – they were given a bright outfit with the competition’s symbol, offered a bonus ticket programme for the competition as well as meals during the shifts. The volunteers were also presented with thank you notes and invited to an ice skating party on the arena.

"Working in the Doping Control sphere is very interesting, especially since it’s directly related to my profession – I am going to be a doctor," said a Mordovian State University student Rafael Gruznov. "The task is not an easy one and not everybody is capable of quickly finding and testing a certain athlete. I found foreign athletes particularly interesting – their lives, the titanic effort they put into their work in order to succeed. We supported absolutely everyone, seeing the stress they’re under."

This is the first time Saransk hosted such a high profile competition as the Junior Grand Prix. All of the participants of the Cup of Mordovia stage noted the quality of the volunteer support in sporting venues. The volunteer centre was awarded with a letter of gratitude from the Russian Figure Skating Federation.