Successful test events, only the details need to be fine-tuned

Monday, 13 June 2022

The last weekend was also important for the organisers of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2022 in Banská Bystrica (24-30 July), as there were two events under the Urpín Mountain that checked the readiness of sports venues and the cooperation of people ensuring the competition before the upcoming largest multi-sport event in Slovakia. 

On Saturday and Sunday, the SNP Stadium was the venue of the Slovak Athletics Championships in the youth category. “Everything went in the mode as if there were competitions at the EYOF. It was practically a rehearsal for this July event. For example, I would like to mention that we were also presenting the competitors as at the top events. I have to say that we have never had such championships in Slovakia yet,” said the General Secretary of the Slovak Athletic Association (SAZ) Vladimír Gubrický.

At the national athletics championships were several promising Slovak competitors who competed not only for medal placements but also to meet the EYOF qualifying standards. The representative of the European Athletics, Thomas Eckel of Austria, was also present at the national athletics championship. “He was mostly satisfied. We still have some things to do, I would say fine-tuning the details. After all, it’s a new stadium and we haven’t tried everything there yet. That’s why we’ve gone through it now. For example, we’ve tried two parallel competitions – the high jump, pole vault or long jump just like it is scheduled for the qualifications during EYOF. These are all new things at the championship. We had a group of judges for all disciplines who will also decide during the EYOF,” added Gubrický.

Since Friday, there has been a competition in eight lanes of the 50m swimming pool in the indoor swimming pool arena in Banská Bystrica’s Štiavničky, where the Slovak Swimming Federation (SPF) organised the Slovak Championships for older and younger students. “Our infrastructure is not yet fully completed. The outdoor pool, which will be used by the EYOF participants for both warm-up and regeneration, is being completed and we have not used it now during the national championship. Work is also underway on the corridors between the outdoor swimming pool and the indoor swimming pool where the competition will take place,” the SPF Secretary General and the EYOF Swimming Competition Manager Ivan Lange described and continued: “The competition pool is new, nice, functional, i.e. satisfactory. Only minor adjustments will be made to the swimming pool. We didn’t have as many participants at the nationals as we will at the EYOF. Although we won’t make the swimming pool bigger, we are ready and have done what we can in this direction, now we have tried the LED screen, its connection to the timer as well as the livestream. There were foils in the swimming pool windows that lower the air temperature at the pool. The people who will ensure the events during the EYOF tried to cooperate with each other. Everything worked, I think the test event was a success.”

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