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21 Jan 2005
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Opening Ceremony of the 7th European Olympic Youth Festival

The opening ceremony of the 7th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) will take place in Monthey, Switzerland, on Sunday 23 January. The opening ceremony will include the Olympic flag and torch ceremony, the solemn oaths sworn by an athlete and a judge, as well as the Olympic anthem.

Last torchbearer: former EYOF participant
The name of the last torchbearer has been kept secret. It is a Swiss sportsman who participated in the EYOF some years ago and has become one of the most emblematic sports personalities of the host country.

IOC President attends the ceremony
IOC President Jacques Rogge and Mario Pescante, President of the European Olympic Committees will address the participants with their speeches. The delegations will parade in alphabetical order according to the language of the host country (French), except for Greece, which leads the parade, and for the host country, Switzerland, bringing up the rear. The artistic programme will include world music and dances with several hundred performers.

Portes du Soleil ski resorts
Located near the eastern shores of Lake Geneva at the foot of the Swiss Alps and the spectacular peaks of Les Dents du Midi, the communities of Monthey and Champery which are staging the 7th European Youth Olympic Festival offer access to Les Portes du Soleil ski area. As the world’s largest internationally connected ski area with a centuries-old tradition of hosting international visitors and sports enthusiasts, Les Portes du Soleil offers 210 ski lifts and 650 kilometres of pistes to access 14 Alpine resorts and open pastures in both France and Switzerland.

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