LOC opens 2010 volunteer drive

THE organisers of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup in South Africa this week officially launched a hunt for 15000 volunteers to assist at the mammoth month-long event.

THE organisers of the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup in South Africa this week officially launched a hunt for 15000 volunteers to assist at the mammoth month-long event.

People from across the world can apply online to volunteer at the first World Cup on the African continent, the 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) announced in Johannesburg.

In South Africa, prospective volunteers without Internet access would also be able to apply through venues in the nine host cities, the LOC said, without giving further details.

"From ushering people to their seats, to assisting the media and foreign-language speakers, welcoming people at the airport and driving guests around, it is the volunteers that actually make the tournament happen," said the chief executive of the LOC, Danny Jordaan.

Volunteering offered people a chance to be involved in "South Africa and Africa's once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of hosting the world's biggest sporting event", he said.

Volunteers must be 18 years or older on March 1 2010 and have a good command of the English language, the LOC stipulated. Applications close on August 31 2009, after which candidates will be interviewed, either by telephone or in person. For more information, go to www.FIFA.com/volunteers2010. - Sapa-DPA

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