The EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival) is the largest sport festival for young athletes between 14 and 18 years old. The winter and summer festival is organized every two years. EYOF is a part of the European Olympic Committee and EOC has exclusive rights to the event.
The 14th European Winter Youth Festival – EYOF 2019 was officially opened on Sunday, February 10th, with solemn ceremony at the Asim Ferhatović Hase – Kosevo stadium in Sarajevo.
This is the biggest sports event in Bosnia and Herzegovina since the 1984. – Winter Olympic Games in Sarajevo. The ceremony was supplemented with the content of numerous celebrities from sports life from the time of the ZOI in 1984, and the young citizens of BiH who danced and sang in the central podium of the stadium.
The solemn program described the most hidden parts of BiH, speaks abut the values of BiH, the essence of natural wealth, the diversity of landscapes and the importance of people who living in BiH. On the defile of the countries participating the flag of BiH was in hand of alpine skier Esma Alic, while the Olympic flame burned Bosnian judoka Larisa Cerić. EYOF was openly proclaimed by Milorad Dodik, Chairman of the BiH Presidency.
Sarajevo and East Sarajevo from Febraury 10th, and by February 16 will be hosts of the European Winter Olympic Youth Festival (EYOF 2019).
The official mascot of the games is a smiling snowball called Groodvy
From 13th – 15th October 2017, in the premises of Networks (Start-up and business innovation canter), held an ideathon / competition for the most creative solution for the mascot of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2019 (EYOF). Through an online application, a total of 29 solutions (mascot idea) were received, of which 15 mascots ideas were chosen for the competition only, in order to meet the selection criteria (the contesters had to submitt working documents – drawings and narrative description of the idea).
The competition was originally scheduled to be held from 09.-11. In October, however, due to great interest, the deadline for applications was extended, and the competition was held in the above-mentioned period.
Mentors for three days were Sabina Cvjetkovic, Zdravko Cvjetkovic, Vladimir Kosic, and members of the jury were: Jasmin Ademovic (EYOF 2019), Elvir Nisic (City of Sarajevo), Vinka Berjan (City of East Sarajevo), Bojan Hadzihalilovic (Academy of Fine Arts Sarajevo ), Grujo Bjeković (University of East Sarajevo) and Elena Andželić (Networks).
A total of 23 young people from 6 cities of BiH created 15 ideas. Mascots received grades according to the following criteria: first impression, idea, technical performance. The ratings are expressed through the plus and minus, by 5 members of the jury. All members of the jury rated the three mascots with the same number of votes (they got three pluses on all three of the above items), and the mascots that went in the final round are: Groodvy, Jazo Bjelaš and Ježos. Special attention was given to the youngest member on the performance of the mascot Bijanka.
Members of the jury agreed that the mascot Groodvy was the first three ideas for the ease of performance, innovation in the sense of the mascot itself (the only one was not an animal form), and in a neutral way symbolizes and represents our mountains.
After the competition, on October 20, three selected mascot design solutions were posted on Facebook and the Instagram profiles of EYOF 2019, and the audience had the opportunity to vote and decide which mascot would be the winning. After five days of public vote, the audience decided that Groodvy was the official mascot EYOF 2019 with a total of 3,353 votes, while Ježos had 3,228 votes and Jazzy 1,008 votes. The winner mascot was work by the agency “Visia” d.o.o. from eastern Sarajevo.