From 23 to 29 July 2017, the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) takes place in the Hungarian city of Györ.
With more than 3,600 participants, the EYOF has become a top European sporting event, attracting many athletes from all over Europe who come to take part or support the festival. At the opening ceremony on 23 July, the Luxembourg delegation was led into the arena by young runner Lena Kieffer, who had been chosen to carry the flag.
The Luxembourg delegation for the 2017 EYOF
Like the Olympic Games, the EYOF has a summer and a winter edition. This summer, 14 athletes from the Luxembourg Olympic and Sports Committee (COSL), 7 male and 7 female, are representing Luxembourg at the 14th edition of the festival.
In athletics, Lena Kieffer is taking part in the 1,500 metres.
In cycling, Nina Berton, Elisa Kockelmann, Loïc Bettendorff, Jang Leyder and Jordi Wagner are lining up for the time trial and road race.
Emma Peters, Laura Vanderschrick, Rémi Fabiani, Mats Kemp, Bob Sauber and Yann van den Bossche are representing Luxembourg in swimming.
And last but not least, Anetta Mosr and Klara Mosr are taking part in the judo competition.
The team is well prepared and ready to demonstrate its full potential. The country will be keeping its fingers crossed!
"Today's talents, tomorrow's idols" – all about the festival
The EYOF is the biggest multi-sport event for young European athletes aged 14 to 18. It was set up in 1990 by Jacques Rogge, former President of the International Olympic Committee, to keep in step with sporting traditions on other continents such as the Asian Games and the Pan-American Games.
Like the Olympic Games and other international championships, the EYOF is not an annual event: it is designed to fit in with the four-year Olympic cycle, avoiding the years when the Olympic Games are held.
The aim of the EYOF is to promote Olympic sports and prepare talented young athletes for future participation in the Olympic Games. For many participants, the EYOF represents the start of their international sporting career. Over time, the Olympic Festival has also become an exciting adventure for participants, a meeting point for different cultures and a chance to make lasting friendships.
More information about the EYOF can be found on the official website.
(Article written by the editorial team of the luxembourg.lu portal)