Some 910 athletes from 45 countries will take part in the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) 2013 in Brasov and the Prahova Valley on February 17-22, the competition’s organizing committee announced on Wednesday, quoted by Agerpres. The opening ceremony will be attended by IOC President Jacque Rogge. The alpine skiing competition will take place in Poiana Brasov, the biathlon competition in Cheile Gradistei, the cross-country skiing competition in Predeal, the ice hockey competition in Brasov, the ski jumping competition in Rasnov and the snowboard competition in Predeal. Most of the athletes (187) will take part in the alpine skiing competition, 168 athletes will take part in the cross-country skiing competition, 154 in the biathlon competition, 120 in the ice hockey competition, 91 in the snowboard competition, 85 in the ski jumping competition, 64 in the short track competition and 50 in the artistic skating competition. Ioan Dobrescu, secretary general of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR) pointed out that “this is a competition of great importance, being the largest that Romania has ever hosted since the 1918 Universiad. We have a great advantage, unlike other countries who could offer lodgings only at boarding school and student hostel level, Romania offers lodging conditions at the level of 3 or 4-star hotels for all participants, extraordinary conditions for this age group.” “Access to the competitions will be free, it’s a junior level competition and we are hoping to attract a large number of youngsters,” the COSR official pointed out. COSR’s Secretary General stated that the ski jumping, biathlon and cross-country skiing competition are the competitions in which Romania has the chance to obtain honorable results at EYOF 2013. The opening ceremony scheduled on February 17 will be attended by many personalities from Romania and from abroad, including IOC President Jacques Rogge, who will visit Romania for the fourth time. The opening ceremony will be attended by many personalities from Romania and from abroad, including President of the European Olympic Committees Pat Hickey, but also personalities such as the President of Romania, the Prime Minister and members of the government.