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EOC awards events to Belarus and Turkey

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) has elected Minsk, Belarus and Erzurum, Turkey as the respective hosts of the summer and winter editions of the 2019 European Youth Olympic Festival.

EOC delegates confirmed these decisions at the organisation’s 43rd General Assembly in Baku, where Prague was selected as the host of next year’s annual summit.

Erzurum has previously hosted International Ski Federation (FIS) junior events in the Nordic and snowboarding categories, along with the 2011 Winter Universiade multi-sport showpiece – facilities from which it will utilise to host athletes in 2019.

Turkish Olympic Committee president Uğur Erdener said: “In Turkey we are committed to ensuring that sustainability is at the forefront of our minds when we are hosting these major events and we have been eager to use the wonderful facilities from the winter Universiade in 2011 to continue to promote sport participation among our nation’s many young people.

“Forty per cent of the Turkish population is below the age of 25. They are the perfect place to start to ensure that we create a society which holds the Olympic values at its core.”

Elsewhere at the meeting in Baku, the Azerbaijani capital that will host the inaugural European Games multi-sport event next year, the EOC declared its full support for the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 – the Olympic movement’s recently released resolution featuring 40 recommendations for the future operations of the Games focused on areas such as sustainability and cost cutting.