Games chiefs say it is not surprising that there has been a high level of drop-outs, comparing the situation with the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where the number of volunteers who did not go through with the role after initially offering their services was higher.
Acting Victorian Premier John Thwaites says there are plenty of volunteers to fill the gaps, and is not at all fazed by the potential dilemma. “We expected that some people would not continue, but there are a lot of others who want to jump on board and volunteer,” Thwaites said. “There will be no gaps at all, there are more people wanting to be volunteers than there are spots available.”
“In fact, the number of people dropping out is way lower than they experienced in Sydney with the Olympics,” he added.
More than 22,000 people applied for the 15,000 volunteer positions last year, which include driving, ticket ripping, technical assistance and spectator and tourist support. The Melbourne Games begin on March 15.