Romania will participate with a delegation of 100 athletes and coaches in the 2013 winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), which will be held in Brasov County (centre) over February 17-22, with the opening ceremony to be honored by the presence of the IOC’s President Jacques Rogge.
One month before the start of the competition, Secretary General of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR) Ioan Dobrescu told that the organization is in the home stretch.
‘We are in the home stretch, with the most important operations currently taking place. Purchases of materials, contest materials, timing installations, and so on, are taking place. This month before the start of the competition will be a very difficult period, but I am sure we will manage to solve all the problems (…),’ said Dobrescu.
The COSR official said that participating in the competition would be 1,570 athletes from 45 countries, who would be accommodated in very good conditions. ”We will have 1,570 athletes in the competition, and Romania will have a delegation of some 100 people, athletes and coaches, a numerous delegation if one takes into consideration the fact that we are the host country and participate for the first time. It is a competition of high importance: after the 1981 Universiade, it the biggest competition ever held in Romania. We have a big advantage: unlike other countries that accommodated the athletes in boarding homes, Romania offers 3-4 star hotel conditions for all participants, which are extraordinary conditions for this age level,” said Ioan Dobrescu.
The opening ceremony, scheduled for February 17, will be attended by many personalities from Romania and abroad, including Jacques Rogge, the IOC’s President, who will come to Romania for the 4th time. ”The IOC’s President Jacques Rogge and the President the European Olympic Committees, Pat Hickey, are two major personalities who will be present in Brasov, but there will also be many personalities from Romania, the President, the Prime Minister, ministers from the Cabinet. It is clear that this competition has already sparked great interest and it is clear that Romania has understood this competition is emblematic and important for the future development of the Romanian sport and the image of our country,” said Ioan Dobrescu.
Ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing are the disciplines where Romania has the chance of honorable performances at the 2013 EYOF, believes the secretary general of COSR.
The EYOF will be held February 17-22 at sports facilities in Brasov, Poiana Brasov, Predeal, Rasnov and Cheile Gradistei-Fundata.