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MOSCOW, July 5. /TASS/. Russia’s Local Organizing Committee (LOC) in charge of organizing the 2018 FIFA World Cup has already received over 60,000 applications from 175 countries for positions of volunteers to serve at the global football championship, Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Tuesday.
"The volunteers program has been launched," Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union (RFU), said. "We have launched it just recently but already received over 60,000 appliactions from 175 countries and will have to eventually select 20,000 people."
"Some 20,000 more volunteers will be selected at regional levels," he said. "A lot of applications were received from football fans, who wish to work as volunteers at the World Cup."
The 2018 World Cup and the 2017 Confederations Cup Volunteer Recruitment campaign was launched at a solemn ceremony in Moscow on June 1 by Russian President Vladimir Putin and FIFA President Gianni Infantino.
Last October, the Russian Sports Ministry certified 15 higher education establishments in 11 cities across Russia, officially authorizing them to recruit and prepare volunteers for the Confederations Cup and the World Cup, which are the two major FIFA events to be hosted by Russia in 2017 and 2018 respectively.
A total of 5,000 volunteers will be selected to serve at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, while 15,000 volunteers are planned to be recruited for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Russia is currently in full-swing preparations for the global football championship after the country won the bid to host the 2018 World Cup at the FIFA Congress in Guatemala on December 4, 2010. The victory came following a tight race against the bid from England, the joint bid from Portugal and Spain and the joint bid on behalf of Belgium and the Netherlands.
The country selected 11 host cities to be the venues for the matches of the 2018 World Cup and they are Moscow, St. Petersburg, Sochi, Kazan, Saransk, Kaliningrad, Volgograd, Rostov-on-Don, Nizhny Novgorod, Yekaterinburg and Samara.
The matches of the 2018 World Cup will be held between June 14 and July 15 at 12 stadiums located in the 11 mentioned above cities across Russia. Two of the stadiums are located in the Russian capital.