The 2015 edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) entered the last phase of the preparation. The event will run for a full week with the Opening Ceremony be held on the 26th of July. The EYOF, originally called EYOD (European Youth Olympic Days) and it was first launched at the beginning of the 1990s. This event gives an opportunity to young athletes to have a taste of a first Olympic experience. It also gives a great take-off platform for the younger generation, whilst promoting their chosen sports on a higher level.
This year the EYOF will be held in Tbilisi, Georgia; where judo will certainly play an important role for the country throughout the day. The judo tournament will be held in the Judo Academy of Georgia from the 28th of July to the 1st of August 2105. The stage will be placed in the competition hall with two contests area laid out on top. At both, in the training and warm-up place there will be there matted area for use. The Judo Academy will also include a medical area, European Judo Union office, LOC, media, volunteers and referees office.
Being able to host such an event is always a good opportunity for any country, city involved. It allows to uplift not only the sporting culture but other develop other areas. The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, inspected the sport infrastructure:
“It is a great challenge for the country and an immense privilege at the same time. Putting the finishing touches to the Festival is in full swing, cleaning activities are underway. We are looking forward to hosting the European Youth Olympic Festival and we expect a multitude of guests. Tbilisi will be a very busy city throughout July. Two weeks after the Olympic Festival, we will host the UEFA Super Cup, a good opportunity to attract as many tourists and visitors as possible”.
2015 EYOF IN NUMBERS
1st Olympic Festival ever hosted by Tbilisi
1st Athletes’ Village ever built in Tbilisi
9 Sports will be represented [Judo, Tennis, Artistic, Gymnastic, Cycling, Athletics, Swimming, Volleyball, Handball, Basketball]
11 Competition venues
300 National and International media will cover the Festival
2000 Volunteers involved in the Festival
3487 Athletes and Team Officials will participate in the EYOF Tbilisi 2015
Author: Sören Starke