He’s studying on another continent miles away from home. In a country were winter means ‘real’ winter and double-digit subzero temperatures are a sure thing. But after three years in Ekaterinburg he got used to it and kind of likes it. Meet Cheikhou Oumar Sow, a journalism student from Senegal with a passion for languages who currently developed another passion: volunteering at international sport events.
Cheikhou Oumar Sow combining his passion for languages and volunteering at the Ekaterinburg Grand Slam

“There is a governmental student exchange program between Senegal and Russia. That’s how I landed here in Ekaterinburg,” explains Cheikhou Oumar Sow.

“I’m a studying the Russian language and communications at the Ural State University here in Ekaterinburg. And the volunteering service contacted my faculty at the university to recruit language students to help out at this Grand Slam,” Cheikhou says.

“As I speak fluently French, they proposed me to be an attaché for the French delegation, to help them out here. For me this is great opportunity doing this kind of volunteering work. It’s a great experience for my future employment.”

For Cheikhou it’s the second time around working at the Grand Slam in Ekaterinburg. “I was also involved in the same capacity at the previous edition. It was a great experience. I didn’t have to hesitate when they asked me back this year. I work mainly with the French participants as French is my native language. But I also help out other English-speaking delegations, since I also speak English.”

The volunteer from Senegal developed a fondness for his involvement as an attaché at big sporting events. “Volunteering at sport events has become a real passion for me,” he says. “I’ve been involved in several major events now. For example, I also volunteered during the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but also the Karate Worlds. Sporting events always have a great atmosphere. I will continue volunteering it’s great fun,” Cheikhou ends.

See also
VIDEO
Guram Tushishvili eyes Tbilisi GP gold

25. Mar. 2019 / World heavyweight champion Guram TUSHISHVILI (GEO) ...

VIDEO
The Art of Judo - Episode 3 - Winters Dawn

22. Mar. 2019 / On the road to Tokyo 2019 WC and Tokyo 2020 Olympics, ...

News
Judo legend NOMURA Tadahiro unveils Tokyo 2020 Olympic Torch

23. Mar. 2019 / Judo’s only three-time Olympic champion NOMURA Tadahiro ...

VIDEO
#JudoTbilisi2019 Promo

22. Mar. 2019 / Watch the Tbilisi Grand Prix live and free here on ...

Gender Equity
Husband and Wife to empower Women in Judo

25. Mar. 2019 / Johannes Daxbacher (GER) has been involved in Ethiopia ...

News
IJF and Moroccan Judo Federation ink contract for Veteran World Championships in Marrakech

21. Mar. 2019 / The International Judo Federation and Royal Moroccan ...

NEPAL
Judo as a second home for Orphans in Nepal

22. Mar. 2019 / For almost 10 years the Nepalese Judo Association has ...

Nippon Budokan, Tokyo
A day at the All Japan High School Championships

21. Mar. 2019 / A sunny spring morning in Tokyo, in which the cherry ...

VIDEO
TOP 5 IPPONS - Ekaterinburg Grand Slam 2019

20. Mar. 2019 / Watch the top 5 ippons from the Ekaterinburg Grand ...

Signing off from Ekaterinburg
Russian Grand Slam retrospective

20. Mar. 2019 / Rundown from Ekaterinburg

Morocco
Judo opens the doors of the South

20. Mar. 2019 / The recent successful organization of the Crans Montana ...

VIDEO
TOP 5 IPPONS - Marrakech Grand Prix 2019

20. Mar. 2019 / Watch the best ippons from the Marrakech Grand Prix ...

VIDEO
Natalia Kuziutina - Russia's Top Female Judoka

19. Mar. 2019 / Olympic bronze medallist Natalia Kuziutina (RUS) spoke ...

INTERVIEW EXPRESS
Shishime Ai (JPN)

08. Jun. 2018 / The next reigning world champion to be invited to answer ...

News
5 Key Takeaways from judo’s first Tokyo 2020 qualifier

06. Jun. 2018 / Highlights from Hohhot Grand Prix 2018

VIDEO
Judo for the World in Iran

07. Jun. 2018 / In April 2018, the International Judo Federation and ...

Meeting
JUDO: A Beneficial Cause

07. Jun. 2018 / 'Society should believe in sport as a beneficial cause ...