The European Youth Olympic Festival was declared officially open this evening in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia in front of an audience representing 48 countries, 2,300 athletes, and 1,300 officials and technical delegates. These will be supported by 1,100 volunteers.
Malta’s flag was carried by Mireya Bugeja (Athletics), and Matthew Galea Soler (Athletics).
Malta’s first commitments will take place on Monday 25th July when Matthew Galea Soler competes in the first round of the 400m race at 1730hrs. He will be followed by Mireya Bugeja who will also compete in the first round of the 800m race at 180ohrs.
Gymnastics commitments are expected to start on Wednesday when Philippa Busuttil gets into action at 1000hrs.
Most events will be streamed live on the EOC Channel – https://eoctv.org/live/
The Maltese athletes are accompanied by officials Nataliya Berehova (Gymnastics) and Xandru Grech (Athletics) and led by Chef de Mission and MOC Director of Media Maria Vella-Galea.