PARIS (AP) — The Paris Olympics are appealing for 45,000 helpers.
Organizers of the 2024 Games are launching a campaign this week to recruit tens of thousands of volunteers willing to work without pay at the world’s biggest sporting event.
And they want the group of volunteers to include at least 3,000 people with disabilities – in line with Paris’ desire to hold an event open to all.
During a press conference on Tuesday to launch the campaign to recruit volunteers, the French minister responsible for people with disabilities called the 2024 Games a “magnificent opportunity” to make France more inclusive.
“People with disabilities often lack self-confidence and consider themselves excluded from all these events,” said Minister Geneviève Darrieussecq. “And here, we say to them: ‘No, on the contrary. Not only are you not excluded, but we need you.
She urged people with disabilities to sign up as volunteer candidates, saying, “Everyone is welcome.”
Future volunteers will be able to apply from Wednesday on the Paris 2024 site, with a deadline of May 3.
To be considered, they must be at least 18 years old, speak French or English and be available for at least 10 days during the Olympic or Paralympic Games, where they will be responsible for a wide range of jobs.
People from all nations can apply, including from Russia and Belarus – despite the Russian war in Ukraine. But applicants from countries outside the visa-free Schengen zone in Europe will need to complete additional documents if selected.
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