The colorful show was held in the Crystal Hall complex on the shore of the Caspian Sea. In accordance with the Olympic tradition, the ceremony featured the athletes parade, flame relay and lighting.
Volleyball player Vladislav Babkevich, the captain and flag-bearer of Belarus' national team, led Team Belarus into the stadium.
Head of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) Janez Kocijancic expressed confidence that the festival will be held at the same high level as the European Games in 2015.
Azerbaijani President, NOC head Ilham Aliyev announced the festival open.
The opening ceremony presented the historical and cultural heritage of Azerbaijan, the architectural and folklore traditions.
Several competitions (tennis, freestyle and Greco-Roman wrestling) took place before the opening ceremony. Hleb Makaranka of Belarus won the gold medal in Boys Greco-Roman Wrestling 55kg.
The Belarusian team consists of 102 athletes. They will compete in the women's, Greco-Roman and freestyle wrestling, cycling, volleyball, gymnastics, judo, athletics, swimming and tennis.
The Summer Youth Olympic Festival has brought together about 1,500 young athletes from 48 countries who will compete in 10 sports. At the Summer Youth Olympic Games in Gyor, Hungary in 2017 the Belarusian team included 96 athletes who competed in nine sports. Two years ago, the Belarusian young athletes won 15 medals (three gold, five silver, and seven bronze).
European Youth Olympic Festival has been held under the aegis of the European Olympic Committees since 1991 once every two years.
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