China Kicks off Recruitment of 100,000 Volunteers for Olympics

The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympics says 70,000 helpers will serve at the Summer Olympics and 30,000 at the Paralympics, both to be held in two years' time, Xinhua news agency reported.

The campaign will mainly target students from Beijing-based universities but a certain number of helpers from other parts of China as well as from overseas will also be recruited, it said.

"An Olympic Games stands no chance of success without a team of well-trained volunteers and high-standard voluntary services," Xinhua cited the International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge as saying.

China has also embarked on a series of huge infrastructure projects to ensure the capital is a national showcase when it hosts the Games.

Aside from the millions being spent on sporting stadiums, it has reportedly allocated US$35 billion for new roads, subways and airport terminals.

Source : AFP

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