- Associated Press - Monday, February 10, 2014

SOCHI, Russia (AP) - Organizers of the Sochi Games on Monday confirmed that they are using volunteers to fill the seats at less popular events.

Competitions at the games have so far varied from sell-outs at the ice-skating team event on Sunday to half-empty stands at biathlon.

Alexandra Kosterina, a spokeswoman for the Sochi organizing committee, said volunteers are enrolled in a motivation program, which means some of them will be offered tickets to see competitions after hours.

“If we see that there’s not a turnout and there are seats available, then yes, we might invite volunteers to join in,” Kosterina said.

Security concerns in Sochi have been feeding expectations that the games will not attract enough international spectators and that athletes will be performing to empty seats.


Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times welcomes your comments on Spot.im, our third-party provider. Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More and View Comments

Click to Hide