The winter edition of the 2021 European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF 2021 Vuokatti) is rescheduled in most parts to March 2022. The European Olympic Committees (EOC) in cooperation with the Finnish Olympic Committee and local organisers made the decision about the postponement on Tuesday, April 20th. “Postponing the event is the only way to include all the planned sports into the event”, tells Marita Kaipainen, Secretary General of the EYOF 2021 Vuokatti event.
The decision comes as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to grip the European continent, while a three-month delay will also allow for more optimal snow conditions in the north of Finland, thereby providing the best possible platform for ski and snowboard athletes. The delay will also help the hosts save on snow-making costs.
In a unique, one-off decision, it was agreed that the boy’s ice hockey tournament will take place in December as originally planned, to allow the best players from Europe to take part in the event. All other sports, including girl’s ice hockey, will be rescheduled for March.
All efforts will be made to help link the boy’s ice hockey tournament in December with the other events in March 2022, including the organisation of an Chef de Missions Seminar during the December tournament and other measures.
The new dates for the continent’s leading multi-sport event for athletes born 2003-2006 are 20-25 March 2022.
Some 2 000 team members from 48 European National Olympic Committees are expected to take part in nine sports disciplines at the Vuokatti EYOF. The sports programme will feature alpine skiing, biathlon, ice hockey, snowboarding, cross country skiing, ski jumping, short track, figure skating and Nordic combined. Thanks to the inclusion of girls’ ice hockey and Nordic combined, Vuokatti will be the most gender-balanced in the event’s history.
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 city of Kajaani will host the ice hockey events. Ski jumping and Nordic combined are hosted by the city of Lahti.
Inquiries and more information:
Secretary General, EYOF 2021 Vuokatti
+358 (0)44 5325916
CEO, Finnish Olympic Committee
+358 (0)40 541 0295