Erzurum and Minsk will host 2019 European Youth Olympic Festivals
26 November 2014 Share
Erzurum and Minsk will host 2019 European Youth Olympic Festivals

Turkey’s Erzurum will become a host of XIV Winter European Youth Olympic Festival in 2019, while Belarus capital of Minsk will host the same year’s Summer XV EYOF.

The decision was made at the 43rd European Olympic Committees' General Assembly which concluded at the weekend in Baku, Azerbaijdan.


European Youth Olympic Festivals (EYOFs) are biennial multisport events which involve every European NOC's team and are managed by the European Olympic Committees.

Both Summer and Winter Festivals are regulated by the EYOF Charter approved by the EOC General Assembly on December 13th, 2003. Athletes aged from 13 to 17 take part in the EYOF competitions.

Though having a short record, the EYOFs have already proved their success. The Festivals paved the way for lots of future stars to the national and Olympic teams.

Ukraine's Yana Klotchkova, 4-time swimming Olympic gold medalist, Dutch 3-time Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband, double Olympic champion in cross country skiing Kristina Shmigun from Estonia, athletics stars Gabriela Szabo from Romania and Sweden's Carolina Kluft, tennis powerhouse Justin Henin-Hardenne and many others have their first international sport experience at the European Youth Olympic Festivals.