Summer European Youth Olympic Festival 2021 hosts Banská Bystrica delivered their first presentation at the EOC General Assembly ©EOC

Summer European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2021 hosts Banská Bystrica delivered their first presentation since stepping in to organise the event, here at the European Olympic Committees (EOC) General Assembly. 

The Slovakian city Banská Bystrica replaced Košice as hosts in May. 

Banská Bystrica Mayor Ján Nosko then signed a host-city contract in July, along with EOC President Janez Kocijančič, secretary-general Raffaele Pagnozzi and Slovak Olympic and Sports Committee head Anton Siekel.

EOC Coordination Commission chair Joseph Cassar gave a progress update, claiming that preparations were going well despite the restricted time frame.

The majority of venues will be existing, with such facilities only needing refurbishment, although the construction of new premises remains a possibility. 

It was suggested that a grand sports cluster may be created, which would see six or seven sports take place in one area. 

No transport would be necessary and spectators could walk from one venue to another. 

Accommodation was touted as a challenge due to a lack of big hotels in Banská Bystrica, with the Organising Committee looking to house athletes in a number of smaller hotels. 

Cassar also revealed there may be a change to the programme, with sports such as badminton suggested for inclusion. 

The Banská Bystrica 2021 Organising Committee then delivered a presentation.

The expected competition dates are July 24 to August 1. 

In addition, an update was provided by winter EYOF hosts Vuokatti and Coordination Commission chair Florin Misca.

Seven sports have been confirmed for that competition, with alpine skiing, biathlon, cross-country skiing, figure skating, ice hockey for both genders, short track speed skating and snowboarding all included. 

Nordic combined and ski jumping may be added at a later date. 

Vuokatti Arena, which will host figure and short track skating, is under construction. 

The Finnish village is scheduled to host two test events, welcoming the International Ski Federation Scandinavian Cup in December and an alpine skiing World Cup event in January. 

Competition will run from February 6 to 13 in two years.