MOSCOW Russia (Xinhua) --
With Chinese brands having caught the eye at the
2018 FIFA World Cup, a number of Chinese volunteers are also
making their contribution to football’s showpiece event in
Russia, and are managing to enjoy it at the same time.
24-year-old Wang Hui
is a “veteran” volunteer who also helped at the 2014 World Cup
in Brazil, and she is the only volunteer from the Chinese
mainland stationed in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.
through 40 different countries, Wang is now enjoying the
opportunity to help out at the World Cup in Russia, both as a
football fan, and as a lover of cross-cultural experiences.
feeling that the World Cup has given me is that no matter your
age, your career or where you come from, football is a common
language. This is a good opportunity to communicate with people
from all over the world,” Wang said.
The Chinese national
said she fell in love with football in 2002, and later became a
fan of Italian outfit Inter Milan. It was because of her
appreciation of the Serie A team that she decided to apply to
university in Italy.
She had expected to
watch the Italian national team at the World Cup this year, but
the Azzurri failed to reach the tournament, so Wang turned her
affections to Croatia instead, as Luka Modric - who is fondly
nicknamed “Magic Flute” in China, thanks to the pronunciation of
his name - is also one of her favorites.
Just like Wang,
27-year-old Yu Xinjun also fell in love with football in 2002,
as it was the first and so far only time that China qualified
for the World Cup.
“I have followed
every World Cup since then, and after that tournament I started
to read sports newspapers and support football stars,” Yu told
Currently a graduate
student of journalism at Moscow State University, Yu helps as a
volunteer at Fan Fest at Sparrow Hills in Moscow.
“As a World Cup
volunteer, you will meet a large number of fans every day. Their
enthusiasm infects the entire city of Moscow and even the whole
of Russia,” he said.
Yu is also proud of
the contribution that Chinese brands have made to the World Cup.
“When I entered the sports venue, I could see a Chinese-made TV
screen on the grass and Chinese brands appearing on the huge
screen. I feel proud that Chinese brands are being represented
He hopes that the
Chinese national football team will also appear in the World Cup
again one day.
“As a Chinese fan,
everyone has a high expectation for the national football team.
It is like a seed deeply rooted in our hearts. I hope that one
day this seed will eventually break ground and become a towering
tree,” he said.
According to FIFA, a
total of 17,040 Local Organizing Committee (LOC) volunteers
helped at the 2018 World Cup, having been selected from a record
Of the volunteers,
93 percent come from Russia, and the remaining seven percent are
volunteers from 112 different countries and regions that
traveled to Russia specifically for the tournament.