The Olympic flame in Brasov

Last week, on February 3rd the Olympic flame that will burn for the duration of the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) which will take place between 17 and 22 February in Brasov County has arrived in Romania. The flame was transported in a special lamp, in an Olympic aircraft and the delegation was met at the airport by a welcoming committee among which included the Olympic champions Violeta Szekely Beclea and Laura Badea.

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The Olympic flame was lit on February 2 in Athens, Greece, where in 1896 took place the first modern Olympic Games. What is interesting is that this is the first time the Olympic flame lights up for Romania. The festival was attended by President of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, Octavian Morariu, by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Nicolae Banicioiu, and the Mayors of Brasov, Rasnov and Predeal.

The Olympic torch arrived yesterday, February 10 in Brasov at Casa Armatei, at 18.00, and was handed to Vlad Grigori who is captain of the Hockey Club Corona Brasov.

He continued its journey to the Museum of Art where he handed the Olympic torch Vlad Ionescu, another professional skater sportsman.

The EYOF athlete went along with volunteers towards Brasov City Hall and handed the torch to the Romica Pop-Damboianu a former sportswoman that lit the Olympic flame in a special ceremony. Romica Pop-Damboianu has 94 years, she’s from Brasov and until 1942 she was the national champion in figure skating. She is the daughter of Maria Popp de Lemeny who was the first figure skating champion of Romania in 1913, and who was the first woman in Brasov to attend the Olympics in Germany, 1936.

The official song of the competition is Ciprian Porumbescu’s “Balada”  in a Emil Lassaria variant and it was played at the lighting of the torch, followed by the national anthem of Romania in the interpretation of Unison choir.

At the ceremony took part personalities such as Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee and Patrick Hickey, President of the European Olympic Committee.

The Olympic flame will be displayed for a week at the Romanian Olympic Committee where it can be admired. Then, on February 17, other major sports persons of Brasov will take it to Ion Tiriac Sports Arena Sports High School for the official opening of the European Youth Olympic Festival, edition 2013. The ceremony will last 90 minutes, will be broadcast live on TVR on 17 February at 19.30. Entry is free, as well as the access to all competitions in the Olympic Festival.

To give as many people the opportunity to watch the opening ceremony, in Piata Sfatului will be placed several large screens.

Brasov expects more than 1,500 delegates from 45 countries to be accommodated in Poiana Brasov, in the specially organized Olympic Village. Since 1981 in Romania did not take place any other such important sporting competition. In order to have a smooth running of competitions it was required building a second rink and this will be opened to the public after the end of the Olympic Festival.

The sports events will be held in Brasov (ice hockey), Poiana Brasov (alpine skiing, short track speed skating and figure skating), Predeal (snowboarding and skiing), Rasnov (ski jumping) and Fundata-Cheile Gradistei (biathlon). To view the FOTE program click HERE and for further details visit the official website of the event. Friday, February 8 were released the free applications EYOF 2013 for iPhone, tablets, iPad and smartphones available in iTunes and Google Play. The application provides competitive program, and during sports competitions and the results will be updated in 30 minutes after the races.

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