EYOF: Győr has taken over the baton
The summer European Youth Olympic Festival in Tbilisi ended on Sunday and on this occasion, Győr has taken over the imaginary baton from Tbilisi, as it will be the next host of the Olympic Event in 2017.
Hungary was represented with a large delegation at the EYOF, as altogether 81 sports people, including 16-16 athletes and swimmers, 15 handball players, 12 basketball players, 8 judo players, 6 gymnasts, 4-4 tennis players and cyclists contested in Tbilisi.
The young athletes have achieved great successes, as Hungary finished with 9 gold, 3 silver and 11 bronze medals, bringing our country to the 4th place on the medal table. With regard to the medals, this was the 3rd most successful Youth Olympics for Hungary: in 2003, our country won 29 medals in Paris, while in 2007, 24 medals were gained. Regarding Hungary, swimming was the most successful sporting discipline. This is largely thanks to Ajna Késely, who became the most successful athlete of the Hungarian team and also the whole field with 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal. The city of Győr is particularly proud of Fanni Gyurinovics, the athlete of the Győri Úszó SE (Győr Swimming SE), as she earned two gold medals. Two swimmers, Petra Barócsai and Márton Barta finished at the top of the podium, while Ferenc Aranyai gained 1st place in discus throwing.
At the closing ceremony, Győr also received an important role. During the large-scale ceremony, the Hungarian flag – as the flag of the next organising country – was raised ceremoniously. On behalf of the city of Győr, Dávid Fekete deputy mayor welcomed the participants and congratulated to Tbilisi for the excellent organization and promised that Győr will be a good host for the Olympic Event.
'Győr is waiting for Europe's young talents with a memorable event, where we will place great emphasis on the competitions' high-standard implementation and the introduction of the diverse
Hungarian culture as well.' Dávid Fekete took over the baton, the flag of the European Olympic Committee from the mayor of Tbilisi, Davit Narmania, in the presence of the Georgian president and the European Olympic Committee's vice president. The delegation of Győr also hosted a reception in Tbilisi for the members of the European Olympic family, who were welcomed at the entrance by Hugoo, the mascot of the EYOF Győr 2017 and the Hungarian Dances of Brahms. On the reception, a short film, introducing the programs and venues of Győr, was also a great success. It also turned out that the Olympic movement very much looks forward to the introduction of the EYOF Győr 2017.
Zsolt Borkai, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee highlighted that Hungarian sports have not only past and present but they also have bright future ahead. Baku's European Games and the excellent athletic performance in Tbilisi are further proof for that.
Ajna Késely, the most successful athlete of the EYOF received a present on the press conference held in Budapest. On this occasion, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee announced that due to the International Olympic Committee's recent rule amendments regarding the adults' Summer Olympic Games, the number of applying cities won't be cut in 2016. This way, Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games remains eligible for the final vote, set to take place in September 2017.
The mayor of the city, Zsolt Borkai emphasized that in Győr, preparations are in full swing for the organization of the first Olympic multi-sport event held in Hungary. He also added that Győr has already hosted many well-organised, prestigious sports events.
The aim is to make the EYOF a very well-organised event as well, which is of great importance with regard to the fact that Budapest has officially applied for the 2024 Olympic Games. 'I think high-standard implementation of the EYOF and Hungarian hospitality will be great examples to show that Hungary is ready for being host of the adults' Summer Olympic Games as well.'
The delegation of the Municipality of Győr and the Hungarian Olympic Committee also participated in an Observer Programme, where the local organisers revealed many details of the event for the organisers of the EYOF 2017.
The members of the delegation visited the establishments in order to get an insight into accommodation, catering and transport related tasks.
Those members of the delegation, who participated in the Observer Programme under the direction of the deputy mayor, Dávid Fekete, could participate in very useful discussions with the members of the European Olympic Committee. In addition, excellent relations were established which will be very useful to get help and information regarding the organisation of the EYOF Győr 2017.
The delegation also reported about the current status of the organisation process in Győr and agreed with the EOC representatives that the next COCOM visit will take place in September, where the venues and the current progresses of the city will be introduced.
The first summer European Youth Olympic Festival was organised in 1991, Brussels. Győr will be the 11th organising city, where approximately 4000 young athletes will compete in ten sporting disciplines.
Besides athletics, judo, handball, basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, swimming, cycling and tennis, one of the most successful Hungarian sports, kayak-canoe will also be part of the competition.