The Opening Ceremony of the Lillehammer Youth Olympic Games will now take place on Friday 12 February 2016, exactly 22 years after the Olympic Flame was lit in Lillehammer for the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
The Acting CEO of the Organising Committee (LYOGOC), Tomas Holmestad, said: “We are looking forward to creating Olympic experiences for a whole new generation. Nothing pleases us more than the symbolism that comes with the fact of having Lillehammer 2016’s Opening Ceremony on 12 February, exactly 22 years after the last Olympic Opening Ceremony in Lillehammer.”
The revised dates for the Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Games, Friday 12 February to Sunday 21 February 2016, replace the original dates proposed by LYOGOC, Friday 26 February to Sunday 6 March, which coincided with other major international sporting events in Norway. Over 1,100 athletes aged between 15 and 18, from some 70 nations, will be participating in sporting, educational and cultural activities over 10 days in Lillehammer.