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31 Oct 2003
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The 7th European Youth Olympic Winter Festival will take place in Monthey in 2005

The Swiss town of Monthey will organise the 7th European Youth Olympic Winter Festival (EOYF) in 2005. Monthey, the Swiss National Olympic Committee (NOC) and the European Olympic Committees (EOC) officially signed the host city contract at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne on 30 October.

Signing ceremony
IOC President Jacques Rogge, EOC President Mario Pescante, the EOYF as well as representatives of the Swiss NOC and the town of Monthey attended this signing ceremony.

Monthey and the "Portes du Soleil
Created in 1991 at the behest of Jacques Rogge, the event is held every two years, in summer and winter. The 2005 edition, which will take place in Monthey and the "Portes du Soleil" region, will bring together 1,200 athletes, aged between 15 and 18, from 48 European countries. The young athletes will compete in the following events: biathlon, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, short-track speed skating, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding.

Breeding ground for future champions
The EOYF is not only a real breeding ground for future champions, but also plays an educational role, by conveying the values and ideals of sport to European youngsters

Official website of Monthey 2005 (in French)

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