Borkai welcomed the participants of the EYOF consultation
Borkai welcomed the participants of the EYOF consultation at the headquarters of the Hungarian Olympic Committee
A consultation was held for the sports leaders of the ten EYOF disciplines, which will be organised in Győr this July. The consultation took place at the headquarters of the Hungarian Olympic Committee at the end of February. Zsolt Borkai, President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and mayor of the host city welcomed the representatives of the 10 sports alongside with dr. Csaba Bartha, Secretary General of the NOC and the Chef de Mission of the Hungarian EYOF team.
Mr. Borkai asked the federations for a constructive, professional cooperation in the remaining months and he said; "We are performing well in terms of infrastructure development and planning, the facilities are progressing and they will be ready on time. We are at the finish line and I am sure we will host a nice and memorable Youth Olympic Festival. We would like to show that Győr is able to organise a major multi-sport event, a so-called 'mini Olympics' and its success means a lot to the city and the country.
He added that the city of Győr and the Hungarian Olympic Committee jointly applied to host the 14th summer EYOF so they count on each other in the professional work and a close co-operation with the sport associations is a high priority as well.
Dr. Bartha pointed out that Hungary as the host country has the right to participate at the Olympic Festival, so athletes can enter in all 10 sports. The total number of Hungarian athletes is expected to be around 152. Győr will host the delegations in impressive, new facilities and the competitions will be held in modern halls and arenas. The facilities due to be ready by 31st of May. Dr. Bartha has been appointed as the Chef de Mission of the Hungarian team. He explained, the deadline for nominating athletes in each discipline is 14th March. Long list entries will close on 8 June, while the deadline for Entries by Name is 30th June, 12 noon. Dr. Bartha also highlighted the importance of medical screenings, doping control, and drug tests: "These are all criteria for the participation and athletes have three months to complete them."
Dr. Zsigmond Nagy, International Director of the Hungarian NOC informed the participants about legal topics, while Sports Director, László Fábián dealt with professional sport topics. Health issues were explained by dr. György Téglásy, Chief Physician of OSEI (Sports Hospital).
It was also mentioned that Hungarian athletes will be able to try the facilities as soon as they are completed. The test event for judo is scheduled for 3-4 June, while the swimming test competition is taking place on 20 June. The European Olympic Torch will arrive to Hungary on 24 May from Rome and will start its journey around the country on 27 May.