EYOF is the top European multi-sport event for youth that is bringing together 911 young athletes between the age of 14 and 18, who come from 46 countries and are set to compete in eight sports: alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, snowboarding, and curling.
The opening ceremony was attended by almost 30,000 people, and the Festival was officially opened by Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Milorad Dodik.
Flame at opening ceremony was lit by Bosnian judoka Larisa Ceric.
Prior to the ceremony, European Olympic Committees (EOC) President Janez Kocijancic said that the EYOF was an investment in youth and Europe, and could provide a platform for young athletes as they begin their sporting careers.
“Europe makes up about ten percent of the world’s population and we win over 50 percent of the medals at the summer Olympic Games and over 70 percent in winter. We want to protect this achievement and ensure that it continues”, said Kocijancic.
The winter EYOF in Sarajevo and Istocno Sarajevo will be followed later this year by the summer version in Azerbaijan’s capital city Baku.