As we are counting down the days for the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) which will host 832 athletes from 40 countries, EYOF 2017 Organisation Committee led by Minister of Youth and Sports Akif Çağatay Kılıç, Governor of Erzurum Seyfettin Azizoğlu, Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen, Chancellor of Atatürk University Prof. Dr. Ömer Çomaklı, the President of the Turkish Olympic Committee and other participants continues to work for the EYOF 2017.

Thanks to the international organisations that Erzurum hosted very successfully in previous years, city has now more experience and it is now known around world. Erzurum opened its doors for the winter sports with the 2011 Universiade, which followed by other events such as 2012 FIS Alpine Junior World Ski Championship and U23 World Ski Championship, 2012 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship. Facilities that will be stage of 9 different sports (Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Curling, Figure Skating, Ice Hockey, Speed Skating, Ski Jumping, Cross Country and Snowboarding) are ready for the EYOF 2017 which will be held on February 11-18. These facilities have been tested and the participant athletes and coaches said that they are ready for the games.

This organisation is important for encouraging our athletes who have chance to become Olympians and our country will be represented by the total 69 athletes that includes 24 girl and 45 boys.

Volunteers started working in their fields

Volunteer applications for the games ended during the last October. Almost 4500 applications reviewed by the committee and 600 volunteers have been selected based on their sports knowledge and individual and language skills. Volunteers have been the part of various orientation programs and social activities. Volunteers are still taking lessons as a part of their preparation.

Everything is for athletes’ health!

To make sure that athletes have no health issues during the games, EYOF Hospital’s emergency room will be used starting from February 7. In addition to this, EYOF Medical Emergency Call Center have been organized.

Olympic village is ready

Final preparations in the Olympic Village, which will be the athletes’ home for more than a week, are done and everything is ready for the games. There have been some arrangements at the car parking space that is right next to the Olympic Village. Also, the places that medal ceremonies will be held are set.

Corporate identity is also ready

As part of the corporate identity preparations, “Stars Shining in Erzurum” selected as the official slogan of the games. The official mascot that will be the face of festival and it has named “Karbeyaz” after the public voting. Starting from the January 1, Erzurum’s public spaces will be full of visuals about the games.  

Transporting systems are ready

Transporting will be essential for the participants that will have to travel from hotels to facilities during the games and it is ready for the games.

Everything that you don’t know about the festival…

You can access every available information about the Erzurum and EYOF 2017 on “”, the official website of the games. You can also follow EYOF 2017 on social media. “@Eyof2017erzurum” is the festival’s official account on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.  



Erzurum, one of Europe’s most important winter sports cities, is getting ready to host future Olympic champions.