KALININGRAD – Since the first World Cup was staged in 1930, there have been 21 editions of the tournament and Ludmila Kharyova has been around for all but one. So when Russia won the right to host the soccer extravaganza, she wanted in on the fun.
Now the Spanish speaking pensioner holds the distinction of joining two other 86-year-olds as the oldest volunteers at the Russia World Cup.
After working at a kiosk in a historic old fishing village in Kaliningrad, she made a beeline for the city centre yesterday to help Spain supporters who had arrived for the Group B match against Morocco.
“I was very happy to know the championship would take place in Russia and Kaliningrad,” a beaming Kharyova told Reuters.
“We have four matches and one of them is between Spain and Morocco and I know Spanish and if I can help, this is the best profit for me to take part in (the) World Cup.”