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A parade of 48 participating national teams through the city and into the Banská Bystrica arena marks the start of a wonderful week of sport and for most of the teenagers who take part it will be their first opportunity to experience a multi-sport event. Ten sports, including judo, will showcase their brightest young stars in an atmosphere of unparalleled positivity and team spirit.
During the opening ceremony, all those present will witness the lighting of the Fire of Peace. This task was undertaken by the ambassadors of the event, the Olympic champions Anastasiya Kuzmina (biathlon) and Matej Tóth (race walking).
This exciting moment was followed by the screening of a short film about the region and Slovakia, then Tomáš Juhás, opera soloist of the Slovak National Theater, performed the aria Nessun Dorma, written about love and victory . The Slovak Symphony Orchestra, conducted by conductor Adrián Kokoš, performed throughout, providing the finest aural backdrop for the occasion.
Dances, both traditional and contemporary, punctuated the evening, the total number of artists rising to the hundreds and with the participation of the delegations, this number rises to almost 4,000.
This is the 16th summer edition of the EYOF and it really opened with a bang.
“After a long wait and a year’s postponement, we have the biggest multi-sport event in Slovakia’s modern history. We see it as a great opportunity to make our beautiful country visible all over Europe, across the sport,” the president said. of the Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee, Anton Siekel.
Through the ten sports of athletics, badminton, basketball, road cycling, judo, handball, swimming, sports gymnastics, tennis and volleyball, 2,252 young athletes will compete, judo being in the spotlight from July 26th. The judo community is proud to be a central sport in this important stepping stone event, which broadens the horizons of our young people and celebrates the work they have done so far.