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EOC Unveils New Logo for Nurowski ‘Best Young European Athlete’ Award, meets virtually ahead of November General Assembley

The Executive Committee (ExCo) of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) today unveiled an eye-catching new logo for the Piotr Nurowski Prize, awarded annually to the “Best European Young Athlete” from winter and summer sports.
EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi presented the logo to the ExCo during its 8th meeting of 2020, held virtually in preparation of the upcoming EOC General Assembly on 27 November.
“We are very proud to finally share with you the new look for the Piotr Nurowski Prize, one that is fresh and aspirational, just like the young athletes it represents,” said Pagnozzi.
The logo features a five-pointed star that symbolizes the rising stars nominated for each award, with the main point coloured gold to signify the winner.
The logo also represents togetherness, friendship and partnership, as well as the power of sport and the limitless opportunities for young athletes, who can achieve whatever they set their minds to.
The Piotr Nurowski Prize for Best European Young Athlete was created in 2011 to remember the great man of Olympism Piotr Nurowski, and through his example and his memory encourage young athletes to pursue careers in sport, as well as inspire future generations to adopt healthy lifestyles based on Olympic values and principles.
Since 2016, two prizes have been awarded every year: one for summer sports and one for winter sports.
The winner is selected from five nominees by the 50 National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Europe and is presented with a trophy and scholarship to support their training. The four runners-up also receive financial support from the EOC.
The five finalists for the Winter Piotr Nurowski Prize 2020 to be awarded on 27 November are:
LISA HIRNER, Austria, Nordic Combined
MATEJ SVANCER, Czech Republic, Freestyle Skiing
JESSICA DEGENHARDT, Germany, Luge
LINDA ZINGERLE, Italy, Biathlon
GINTS BERZINS, Latvia, Luge
The Executive Committee of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) met virtually today for the 8th time this year to discuss matters related to the 49th EOC General Assembly scheduled for 27 November in Rome.
The ExCo discussed a number of issues, including the possibility of taking the GA fully online. A decision will be made in the coming days based on the latest COVID-19 statistics and situation.
The meeting was led by EOC Acting President Niels Nygaard and EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi, who delivered a report on the activities of the EOC head office in Rome.
EOC Acting Treasurer Peter Mennel provided an update on the current EOC financial situation, while Coordination Commission Chair for Kraków-Małopolska Hasan Arat led a discussion on the numerous activities surrounding preparations for the 3rd edition of the European Games.
An updated report on the 3rd edition of the European Games will be presented at the forthcoming EOC General Assembly.
Progress updates were given on the next six editions of the European Youth Olympic Festival (Vuokatti 2021, Banská Bystrica 2022, Friuli Venezia Giulia 2023, Maribor 2023, Bakuriani 2025, Brno 2025). Director of the EOC EU Office Folker Hellmund noted that funds to support next year’s winter EYOF in Vuokatti, Finland had been secured from the European Union.
IOC Member and Hellenic Olympic Committee President Spyros Capralos thanked the EU Office for supporting a successful funding request for a project to be implemented in Greece in the coming months.
ExCo Member Djordje Visacki presented the concept behind the EOC Strategic Agenda 2030, which will be presented to the General Assembly next month.

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