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28 Jul 2003
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Paris welcomes young Europeans

The 7th edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) was officially opened last night at the Charléty Stadium in Paris, in the presence of the IOC President, Jacques Rogge.

For six days, nearly 2,000 young people aged 14 to 18, representing the 48 member-countries of the European Olympic Committees (EOC), will give their best in the 10 disciplines on the EYOF programme: athletics, basketball, cycling, football, gymnastics, handball, judo, swimming, table tennis and volleyball.

For President Rogge, this type of festival can serve as a springboard for the European Olympic athletes of tomorrow, which was certainly the case for Dutch swimmer Pieter Van den Hoogenband, 100m medallist in 1993, who went on to become Olympic champion over the same distance seven years later in Sydney.

This meeting of young Europeans was established in 1991 on the initiative of the EOC (then AENOC) whose President at the time was Jacques Rogge. The first edition was held in Brussels. Organised every two years, this Festival comprises one summer and one winter edition.

The cities of Monthey (Switzerland) and Lignano Sabbiadoro (Italy) will host the 2005 winter and summer editions respectively.

Official website of the EYOF
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