Wednesday, June 25, 2014

EYOC 2014: The final countdown!




Until Saturday, the city of Strumica, in southeastern Macedonia, host a new edition of the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014. More than 400 youngsters attend the event, which official program starts with the Model Event and will end with the Relay.


After Portugal, last October, the European Youth Orienteering Championships EYOC 2014 heads to Macedonia and to the city of Strumica to its 14th edition. An edition that brings the novelty of the number of participating countries amounting to 34, the largest recorded so far. In total there will be over 400 male and female young athletes in four classes (Men16/Women16 and Men18/Women18), fighting for the European titles in Sprint, Long Distance and Relay.

Consisting in eleven athletes, the Portuguese delegation leave to Macedonia last Friday, carrying in the luggage great expectations on the best results. António Ferreira, João Bernardino, João Casal and Ricardo Esteves (H16), Beatriz Sanguino (D16), Beatriz Moreira and Catarina Reis (D18) and Daniel Catarino, João Novo, André Esteves and Bernardo Pereira (H18) are the elements of the national team, captained by Hélder Ferreira and Norman Jones. A set that, although smaller, does not differ greatly from that presented in Peniche, Obidos and Caldas da Rainha, and in which Catarina Reis is the "freshwoman" in these wanderingss while, on the opposite field, Beatriz Moreira fulfills in Macedonia her fourth participation in the EYOC.

"The organizers are ready to host EYOC 2014," are the words of Mr. Toni Kostov, the Event Director, as we can see in the Press Release issued yesterday [HERE]. A document that highlights the support of the Municipality of Strumica and the National Agency for Youth and Sports of Macedonia and who doesn't forget the 150 volunteers from seven countries “who will help that this EYOC will be a perfect event for everyone.” One last reference to the fact that, along with the European Youth Orienteering Championships, will be held the Strumica Open, a four-day event with five international orienteering courses, including one IOF World Ranking Event course, and that will be attended for more than 400 participants from 20 countries.

For further information, please see the event webpage, at http://eyoc2014.mk/.

Joaquim Margarido

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