On day 1 of the orientation training event, which was held in the Ministry of Youth Affairs, Sports and Tourism of the Republic of Tatarstan, a group of volunteers got acquainted with the history of the Universiade, the test events held ahead of the 2013 Summer Universiade, the basic principles of voluntary service and conduct of a Kazan 2013 volunteer role.
217 volunteers, including 2 volunteers of Izhevsk and 15 volunteers of Ulyanovsk, will be involved in the delivery of the national rhythmic gymnastics competitions. It is also worth noting that the forthcoming sporting events will test the operations of Ulyanovsk's volunteers in a dress rehearsal scenario ahead of the 2013 Summer Universiade, since the recruits of the city will be assigned to the Gymnastics Centre during the Games.
During the orientation meeting the volunteers were given an insight into the special features of rhythmic gymnastics and discovered more about each of the sporting events, including rules and regulations, official governing bodies and athlete profiles. As mentioned earlier, 38 teams from across the country are expected to take part in the rhythmic gymnastics group competitions, whereas the Russian Cup will bring together 36 gymnasts. It is anticipated that the competitions will also be attended by the President of the Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation, Irina Viner-Usmanova. Daria Dmitrieva, the silver medallist at the London 2012 Olympic Games, will be among the favourites for gold.
The orientation training of Kazan 2013 volunteers also provided an introduction to basics of media relations, as volunteers steal the limelight increasingly often in the build-up of the Games.
The volunteer training sessions will also feature general, job-specific and venue-specific training. The latter one will be held at the Gymnastics Centre, one of the largest gymnastics complexes in Russia.