The European Youth Olympic Festival is an elite biennial (in an odd year cycle) sporting event that incorporates youngsters from all over Europe, run by the European Olympic Committees under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee. The event is for European boys and girls aged between 14 and 18 years. There is a summer and winter edition. The opening and closing ceremony is held with an Olympic flame and flag.
The summer event involves nine different activities in an Olympic setup. The nine sporting activities that take place are; basketball, handball, volleyball, tennis, gymnastics, cycling, judo, swimming and athletics. These are played in line with the international rules of these particular sporting activities as set by the sporting federations. Within the age brackets, there can be other categories set in order to be inclusive and take care of the size differences.
The purpose of these competitions is to prepare the young people for the international Olympics arena; to guide them and nurture their talents on their excursion to the top of their game. Moreover, just like the real Olympic Games, the participants stay in an Olympic village where they are treated as full Olympians.
The next European Youth Olympic Festivals
Upcoming Summer events:
- XV 2019 - Baku Azerbaijan, 20-28 July 2019
- XVI 2021 - Košice Slovakia, 24 July-1 August 2021
Upcoming Winter Events:
- XIV 2019 - Sarajevo & East Sarajevo Bosnia and Herzegovina, 9-16 February 2019.
- XV 2021 - Vuokatti Finland, 6-13 February 2021