World Cup sidelines: 'No one got drunk'
2018-06-20 10:25:00

Russia surprised the world by a 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia and a 3-1 victory over Egypt, having had the best start of any host side in World Cup history.

On Jun. 19, Ms Chugunova Alisa Vladimirovna, a postgraduate student majoring in journalism at Nanjing University and her husband Kasimov Damir, a businessman in Russia, shared with JiangsuNow the passion, drama and excitement of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

"We all know the 2018 World Cup mascot Zabivaka the wolf means "the one who scores" in Russian, but it has another meaning - 'drift along', same with the attitude of Russian team, which is quite interesting,” said Alisa.

Alisa comes from Kazan, capital and largest city of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia, and also one of the host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. She showed to JiangsuNow the volunteers’ photos posted on VK, the largest Russian social networking service in Europe.

"We’ve been working all day long, not tired. We’re happy to be part of the World Cup. If you’ve got any question about the tournament, feel free to contact us,” the tweet reads.

A total of 17,040 volunteers from more than 112 countries joined the 2018 World Cup, according to Russian media. All of them have received training on English and one more foreign language, but the enthusiasm always comes first.

"Football is very popular in Russia. Many young people play football on summer weekends,” Alisa added.

"Speaking different languages, soccer fans gathered in the fan zone on the day of opening match. Drinking beer, eating foods of Tatar style, everyone was friendly. No one got drunk. On that day, the world's largest chak-chak, a sweet dessert made of honey and pastry, was offered free of charge,” Mr Kasimov Damir told JiangsuNow.

Regarding their attitude towards the World Cup, Alisa said local residents are more concerned about whether it can improve their lives. They hope for more parks, overpasses, and a better environment. Some young people are taking this opportunity to practise English, hoping the World Cup can promote tourism and increase income. Author:Wei Xin Editor:Cassie