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The 2023 European Youth League Championship opened in Tallinn

The 13th European Youth League Championship Finals opened on Thursday in Tallinn Estonia.

If I remember correctly, every time when we have been in Tallinn in some championship, the weather has been quite rainy and chilly, it was this time too, but the atmosphere at venue covered the weather under and anybody couldn´t remember the weather.

The Kalevi Sport Hall was full of happy and young talents, totally 89 athlets, 44 Women Junior, 45 Men Junior aged 14-18 from 15 countries. Ten (10) teams in both events – in 10m Air Rifle and in Air Pistol.

In Air Rifle event the participating Teams come from Ukraine, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Hungary, Finland, Serbia, Austria, Croatia, and Estonia.

In Air Pistol event, the participating Teams represent Ukraine, Poland, Italy, Spain, Latvia, Sweden, Lithuania, Czechia, Croatia, and Estonia.

- This is the 1st Final of the European Youth League with 10 teams but it’s the 13th EYL Final. After the first Final in Denmark in 2009 we have visited many countries around Europe and now it’s once again time for us to meet our friends from Estonian Shooting Sport Federation here in Tallinn, welcomed Mrs Ghislaine Briez, the Chairwomen of the ESC Technical Committee, the athletes and teams to Tallinn.

- For many young athletes the League Championship is the first chance to get some international experience and over the years we have seen many EYLCH athletes on the podium at European Championships, World Championship and even the Youth Olympic Games, reminded Briez.

- The European Shooting Confederation is very grateful to Estonian Shooting Sport Federation and all the volunteers for hosting this Final. We have already enjoyed the good organization and the warm hospitality. I would like to wish you all good luck and look forward to exiting competitions in the spirit of fair play and friendship wished Briez and declared the EYLCH opened.

The competitions schedule can be found here.

Results can be found here.

Photos can be found here.

Watch lives the Medal Matches on October 8th, 2023 on the ESC YouTube channel and Facebook page!

Risto Aarrekivi

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