Yelena Isinbayeva could become tour guide for Volgograd for 2018 World Cup

Olympic gold medalist believes that Volgograd will appear in a completely new light after 2018
21 October 2015
Artem Korotaev/TASS
Russian athlete Yelena Isinbayeva is ready to become a tour guide on a voluntary basis during the matches of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia that will be held in her home town of Volgograd, she told Welcome2018.com during the first World Olympians Forum in Moscow.

Two-time Olympic champion believes that guests of Volgograd will be interested in learning the history of the city.

"The number one place of attraction for tourists will become the Alley of Olympic Glory of our city,” Isinbayeva said. “All guests of Volgograd will have to become familiar with the sports history of the region,” she added. In addition, Isinbayeva advises fans not to forget about other attractions of Volgograd.
The number one place of attraction for tourists will become the Alley of Olympic Glory
Two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva

"It is also very important to visit Mamayev Kurgan, Panorama Museum “The Battle of Stalingrad”, and of course - gorgeous stadium that we will build for the World Cup. In general, tourists will find a lot of pleasant surprises. After 2018, our city will appear in a new light. I would like to note that Volgograd has very convenient logistics; everything is close, almost within arm's reach,” Isinbayeva said.

Answering the question whether Yelena Isinbayeva will volunteer as a tour guide in Volgograd during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, seven-time world champion said: "Why not?"

"Of course, I'll be somewhere close by and show the city sights to all important visitors. But, in my leaisure time," Isinbayeva added.

It was reported earlier it that the Alley of Olympic Glory will be located on the central quay of Volgograd. The area from the fountain to the church of St. John the Baptist will be decorated with busts of 15 Olympic gold medalists from different years, who were born or trained in Volgograd. The project will not only include the busts of the people who have already managed to receive the highest Olympic award, but will also leave room for the future winners.

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva is a two-time Olympic gold medalist (2004 and 2008) and winner of the bronze medal of the 2012 Olympic Games. Three times she became the winner of the World Outdoor Championships and a four-time winner of the World Indoor Championships. Isinbayeva set 28 world pole-vault records in the women's pole vault. In 2012 she is recognized as the most successful active athlete Russia.