(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.
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.
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.
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.