EOC General Assembly Voted the Host Cities of 2021 EYOFs
26 October 2016 Share
EOC  General Assembly Voted the Host Cities of 2021 EYOFs

Vuokatti, Finland, and Kosice, Slovakia, awarded the right to host Winter and Summer European Youth Olympic Festivals in 2021. The decision was made at the European Olympic Committees’ General Assembly in Minsk, Belarus.

Vuokatti, popular tourist destination and well known wintersport mecca in the Eastern Finland, hopes to host more than 1000 young athletes from 45 European NOCs. Organization Committee release says, 'Bidding and hosting a big event like 15th Winter EYOC is means a lot for our country. It is a unique occasion for us to welcome hudreds of young people to our city. Our main objective is to involve local youth to help us to organize and manage 2021 Winter EYOF at the very first stage of planning'.

The host city of XVI Summer European Youth Olympic Festival – Kosice, Slovakia – is well known for both summer and winter sport fans and athletes. The city hosted 2011 IIHF World Championships. It is also a host of annual marathon which is the third oldest in the world after Boston and Yonkers marathons.

Kosice mayor Richard Rasi commented on winning the bid in Minsk, saying, 'It is a great honour for us to host European Olympic Festival. We have five years to prepare and to make Kosice known at the Europe's sport map. Our city has never hosted a multisport event like EYOF, but I am sure we will deliver it, involving our kids into sport and making it part of their lifestyle'.

Inaugurating European Youth Olympic Festival was held in 1991 as an initiative of Jacques Rogge who chaired EOC at that time.