The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2008 Olympic Games
(BOCOG) will recruit Chinese-speaking volunteers from all over the world, an
official said in Beijing on Wednesday.
The Committee will launch the international recruitment later this month,
while Chinese embassies in foreign countries will help receive the applications,
said BOCOG Executive Vice President Li Binghua.
It was learnt that between 80,000 and 100,000 volunteers are needed for the
2008 Olympics, scheduled to open on Aug. 8, 2008.
There have been 350,000 people applying to work as volunteers at the Beijing
Olympics since domestic recruitment began last August, Li said.
BOCOG has also received applications from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, as
well as some from foreign nations.
"We welcome overseas volunteers to join us, but they should at least speak
some Chinese and can talk to us in the language," said Li, also a member of the
National Committee of the Chinese People's Political
Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country's
top advisory body .
Li also said that at least 5,000 "professional volunteers" are needed to
provide interpretation and company service exclusively
for VIPs at the Games.
National Committee of the Chinese People's
Political Consultative Conference
top advisory body：
provide interpretation and company service