— Published 22 April 2021

Winter goes back three months

One more. The Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC) announced on Wednesday, April 21st, via a press release, the postponement of a new multisport event. The next winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), initially scheduled for 12 to 17 December 2021, is postponed by three months. It will now be held from March 20 to 25, 2022, still in the same Finnish town of Vuokatti. In question, the health crisis. But the three-month postponement will also allow better snow conditions in northern Finland, explains the EOC. The organisers will thus be able to save on the costs of making the snow. An unprecedented move, it was agreed that the men’s ice hockey tournament would continue in December, as originally planned, in order to allow Europe’s best players to participate in the event. All other sports, including women’s ice hockey, will be rescheduled in March. The Winter EYOF is to bring together 1 800 athletes aged 14 to 18 from 48 European National Olympic Committees. The sports program will include nine disciplines: alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, ski jumping, short-track, figure skating and Nordic combined. The urban area of ​​Vuokatti, in the municipality of Sotkamo, will host alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, short-track and snowboarding. The town of Kajaani will host the ice hockey events.