Mayor Abdulah Skaka is returning the Flame of Peace to Sarajevo

The “Flame of Peace” was handed over to the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka at the Olympic Stadium in Rome in preparation for the European Youth Olympic Festival EYOF 2019 in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo from 9 to 16 February.

The Flame of Peace Ceremony was organized by the European Olympic Committee in Rome today and the flame was also handed over to Nenad Vuković, Mayor of East Sarajevo, and the ceremony was also attended by manager of EYOF Ltd. Senahid Godinjak.

In that way “The Flame of Peace” is beginning its journey towards Sarajevo where it will be lit at the celebratory opening ceremony on February 10 at the “Asim Ferhatović Hase” Olympic Stadium.
The Flame of Peace is on its way to Sarajevo where it belongs. Our city cherishes all the Olympic values and everything that this flame carries with it. To be given an olive branch and this flame is a great honour shared by the peoples and citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sarajevo, as a universal message of peace and progress – said Mayor Skaka on that occasion.

“Flame of Peace” was handed over by Raffaele Pagnozzi, General Secretary of the European Olympic Committee and Josef Liba, member of EOC Executive Committee and President of EYOF 2019 Coordination Commission.

Mayor Skaka was met by Francesco Saverio Terruzzio, the representative of maestro Michelangelo Pistoletto in cooperation with the Embassy of Italy in Sarajevo.
Manager Godinjak pointed out that the Flame of Peace handover ceremony is a proof that the hosts have done a great job and made sure that the Olympic spirit will be cherished and celebrated in the years to come.

The management of “ZOI ‘84” and “Skenderija” welcomed the heads of missions of countries participating in EYOF 2019

On the third day of the Head of Missions’ Summit, there was a tour of the venues where young athletes will compete during EYOF 2019, which will be hosted by Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

Accompanied by the management of KJP “ZOI ‘84” and KJP “Skednerija”, representatives of countries participating in EYOF 2019 were give a tour of the Olympic Mountains Igman and Bjelašnica where competitions in cross country, snowboard and team parallel downhill will be held. They also visited the sports halls “Juan Antonio Samaranch”/ Zetra and “Senderija” where competitions in ice hockey and speed skating will be held respectively.

Heads of missions toured the Olympic village, where they were shown the accommodation facilities, the main operational centre and the venue where award presentation ceremony will be held.

Heads of missions toured the Olympic village, where they were shown the accommodation facilities, the main operational centre and the venue where award presentation ceremony will be held.

The EYOF 2019 Organising Committee has 86 days left until the biggest sports event in Bosnia and Herzegovina.


Seminar of the Heads of Missions of countries participating at EYOF 2019

A three-day seminar of the Heads of Missions of all countries participating in the European Youth Olympic Festival – EYOF 2019, the host of which will be cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, has commenced today.

Seminar for representatives of countries participating in EYOF 2019 is an opportunity for the National Olympic Committees to obtain all information necessary for their participation at this winter youth festival. At the same time, the Head of Missions will be informed about the activities connected to infrastructural works at the venues, as well as the plans of the Organising Committee and all the sectors of the Executive Committee in the final phase of preparations for the festival.

The Heads of Missions’ Seminar was preceded by the Seminar of Technical Delegates for the Eight Sports which will be represented at EYOF 2019.

EYOF will be held in the period of February 9-16, in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, with the participation of athletes from 46 countries. 1086 competitors and 750 members of National Olympic Committee delegations have applied for the event.

Mayor Skaka visited the Office of Anadolu Agency: we will organize a spectacular opening of EYOF

Abdulah Skaka, Mayor of Sarajevo visited the Regional Office of Anadolu Agency (AA) for Balkans today and on that occasion announced the plans for spectacular opening of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF), which will be held in February 2019 in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

According to the Mayor, the plan is to hold the EYOF opening ceremony at the Olympic Stadium “Asim Ferhatović Hase”.

“When you think about the opening ceremony of the 1984 Olympic Games now, what everybody remembers is the hoisting of the flag and the moment the Olympic flame was lit. People tend to forget who took part in which competition, but they remember the opening ceremony” said Skaka.

The Mayor congratulated Anadolu Agency on their professionalism and expressed his hope that Sarajevo will be a good host to their office in the Balkans for many years to come.
Mayor Skaka was welcomed by Hakan Celik, manager of the Regional Office for the Balkans and the editorial board, which broadcasts news in over 13 world languages.

The Mayor said that the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympic Games, the best organized Games at that time, is one of Sarajevo’s trademarks.

“We have launched the reconstruction works on the Olympic Museum. Our wish was to open the doors in February 2019, but we have postponed it because we wish to dedicate one part of the museum to EYOF 2019. Our plan is to keep alive the memory of EYOF, as an event of great importance, at the Olympic Museum.” said Skaka.

Skaka used the opportunity to thank the Olympic Committee of Turkey and the City of Erzurum, the host of EYOF 2017, who had made possible for Sarajevo and East Sarajevo to organize this great sports event two years later.

Over 46 teams and delegations applied for EYOF 2019, which is a record number when it comes to this sport event. The hosts hope that 6000 people will visit the city during EYOF.

A Cooperation Agreement was signed between the „EYOF 2019“company, Sarajevo and East Sarajevo universities and the cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo

A Cooperation Agreement was signed today in the Grand Hall of the University of Sarajevo Chancellor’s Office between the „EYOF 2019” company Ltd., Sarajevo and East Sarajevo universities and the cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

On behalf of the City of Sarajevo the ceremonial signing was attended by the Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka, who said on this occasion that this was “one of the most important sports projects we have the opportunity to implement, the greatest after the winter Olympics. “Therefore, I am very grateful to all who will give their contribution. At the same time, the signing of this agreement confirms our dedication to build the future through sports and youth engagement” said Skaka.


Apart from the Mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the host cities of the European Youth Olympic Festival 2019, the University of Sarajevo’s Chancellor, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Sarajevo, officials of “EYOF 2019” company Ltd., and representatives of faculties of both universities, as well as the representatives of NGO, youth and student’s associations from the two cities were also present at the ceremony.

The goal of the signing of the Agreement is cooperation between universities, and among young people, who are the key for successful implementation of the EYOF 2019 project, and ways of engaging them as volunteers. Within the framework of the EYOF 2019 project, there is a plan to recruit around 1500 volunteers, majority of which will be students. This is a great opportunity for students to acquire practical experience and receive recognition for it.

After Agreement signing ceremony, the students were given a presentation of the project “EYOF 2019”, and the ways of their engagement as volunteers. According to plan, a database of volunteers will be set up with profiles of each volunteer with a calendar of events and tasks assigned to them. The best volunteers will be rewarded according to their accomplishments.

Press Conference on the occasion of preparations for EYOF 2019

Photo: Feđa Krvavac/

The representatives of European Youth Olympic Festival Organising Committee (EYOF 2019) in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, talked about the current state of the project, implemented activities in the past period and activities which are to be implemented at today’s press conference.

Photo: Feđa Krvavac/


Deputy Mayor of Sarajevo Ivica Šarić stated that the organisation of EYOF is a top priority for the city.

„We are satisfied with the number and quality of undertaken activities in the past period and the growing cooperation between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, which was enhanced greatly by the election of young and promising mayors. We are particularly pleased by the growing interest shown by the general public and sport organisations who joined the EYOF project“ said Šarić.

EYOF Manager 2019 Ltd. Senahid Godinjak presented the activities implemented this year, the most important of which include the setting up of the Executive Committee, organisation of trial competitions, the visit of the European Olympic Committee Coordination Commission to Sarajevo and East Sarajevo and the promotion of EYOF sports and final inventory of the sports facilities.

The Mayor of East Sarajevo Nenad Vuković said that the preparations for the European Youth Olympic Festival 2019 are going as planned.

“So far, the Organising Committee has undertaken many activities with the aim to carry out the preparation successfully. We in East Sarajevo and Sarajevo see EYOF as a great opportunity to return to the spotlight as organizers of first rate winter sports competitions and this is our first opportunity after the 1984 Winter Olympics to host a winter sport competition at a first rate level. On the other hand, this is an opportunity to promote tourism, particularly winter tourism. This is a great opportunity to develop infrastructure, which should remain as the legacy of the Olympic Festival” said Vuković.

He announced that the budget for EYOF infrastructure amounting to approximately 4.5 million BAM will be adopted at today’s meeting of the Organising Committee.


Ambassador Bodonyi: „French companies are ready to contribute to organisation of EYOF 2019“

Mayor of Sarajevo Abdulah Skaka received today the Ambassador of the Republic of France to Bosnia and Herzegovina H.E. Claire Bodonyi, who congratulated him on his election. Mayor Skaka expressed his hope for successful continuation of the existing cooperation between the City and the French Embassy.

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Ambassador expressed her interest in the project EYOF 2019, stressing that the French Embassy promotes and supports local government in order for the winter edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival to be successful.

“This competition can show that Bosnia and Herzegovina is capable of organising international events and that the efficient cooperation between Sarajevo and East Sarajevo is possible” stressed Bodonyi.


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Mayor Skaka expressed his pleasure that the focus of today’s meeting was EYOF 2019, and he reflected on the activities related to this project.

“This city administration takes the organisation of this youth festival very seriously. At the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum in mid-February, we took over the Olympic flag, turning the focus of the European Olympic family towards Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the next 14th EYOF 2019.”


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Ambassador Bodonyi said that the French government set up a Fund for Analysis and Assistance to the private Sector (FASEP) with the aim to support the organisation of the youth sport festival.“This Fund is financing a technical study which will determine what is necessary for the ski centres Jahorina and Bjelašnica. The Cluster Montagne Group gathers all French firms which specialize in equipping ski centres, is ready to give its contribution to the implementation of this project”, stressed the French Ambassador.

On this occasion the Ambassador invited Mayor Skaka to hold a meeting with the representatives of the Cluster Montagne Group, who will visit Sarajevo in mid-March, to exchange experiences concerning the organisation of EYOF 2019.

Both agreed that the hosting of the winter European Youth Olympic Festival will send a positive message to the whole of Europe from Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.



Olympic flag handed over to the mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019

(Address by the Mayor Skaka during the Olympic flag handover ceremony)

The Olympic flag was taken down and handed over to Abdulah Skaka and Nenad Samardžija, mayors of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo tonight at the Olympic village during the closing ceremony of 13th EYOF in Erzurum. In front of several thousand athletes from Europe, BiH national anthem was struck up, directing the attention of the European Olympic Family toward Sarajevo and East Sarajevo, the hosts of the forthcoming 14th EYOF 2019.

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( EYOF Closing Ceremony with the message: See you in Sarajevo! )

During the handover of the Olympic flag, Mayor Skaka congratulated the host on the successful organisation of EYOF and the athletes on their performance. „In February 1984 Sarajevo was the host of the best organized winter Olympics up to that time. Our intention is to repeat it and achieve even better results during EYOF 2019, which will serve to promote our cities, our country and it will be an excellent opportunity for our young people“, stressed Skaka.

gradonačelnici Skaka i Sekmen razmijenili prigodne poklone

(Mayors Skaka and Sekmen exchanging gifts)

Mayor Skaka met with the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen who gave him a particularly warm welcome and introduced him to the Erzurum City Council. This Turkish city, which has a street named after Sarajevo, has 800,000 inhabitants, and its University numbers 300,000 students.

Mayor Sekmen offered expert assistance to the City of Sarajevo in the preparations for EYOF 2019, and announced the possibility for the City of Erzurum to restore the facades in one of Sarajevo’s streets as a token of friendship.

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Mayor Sekmen introduced  Mayor Skaka to the Erzurum City Council )

Mayor of Sarajevo was also received by the governor of Erzurum, who offered support in the organisation of EYOF 2019 in terms of human resources. Chief of police in Erzurum, with whom Mayor Skaka also had a meeting, expressed the readiness of the police experts to share their experiences with their colleagues in Sarajevo.


Sarajevo City Delegation at EYOF in Erzurum

The 13th European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) where six (6) Bosnian and Herzegovinian athletes: Martin Kamenica, Dino Terzić, Emina Husić, Sara Šišić, Miloš Čolić and Strahinja Erić will compete,  is taking place in the Turkish city of Erzurum until February 18th .

City of Sarajevo Delegation, headed by Mayor Abdulah Skaka, also attended the Opening Ceremony. Atmosphere was especially emotional during the procession of athletes from Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received the same ovations as the Turkish national team.



The cities of Sarajevo and East Sarajevo have a good reason to show their respect to the friends from Turkey who had shown their friendship twice. The first time was when they withdrew from the competition for EYOF 2017 in favour of Sarajevo, knowing that they were facing a candidate with Olympic experience, and the second time was when they showed understanding and took over the hosting of this year’s EYOF in order to give Sarajevo and East Sarajevo enough time to bring the infrastructure and other organisational arrangements in line with Olympic standards.

Mayor Skaka clearly expressed this to the Turkish Skiing Federation officials as well as the Mayor of Erzurum Mehmet Sekmen, with whom he will have a separate meeting.Representatives of the EYOF 2019 Executive Committee, who are also in Erzurum, are closely following all preparations by Turkish hosts, in order to gain the necessary experiences for 14th EYOF to be held in Sarajevo and East Sarajevo.

Representatives of the City of Sarajevo and EYOF company presented the program of acitivites of the forthcoming European Youth Olympic Festival to the members of EOC Coordination Committee

The representatives of the City of Sarajevo and EYOF company presented the report on the undertaken activities to date at the General Assembly of the European Olympic Committee in Minsk, as well as future steps with regard to speeding up the activities in the preparation of EYOF Sarajevo and East Sarajevo 2019. Apart from the representatives of the City and EYOF, the meeting was attended by the members of OC BiH headed by president Marijan Kvesić, and EYOG manager Katerina Nicova and member of the EOC Commission Josef Liba.

The visit to the host cities by the acting president of EOC Janez Kocijančić and the members of Coordination Committee, the purpose of which is to determine the progress  of preparations and meet the officials of government institutions at all levels, was announced on this occasion.