Live coverage from seven of the nine sports on the programme at the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival will be broadcast ©Erzurum 2017

Live coverage of seven of the nine sports on the programme at the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in Erzurum will be broadcast on the Olympic Channel, it has been announced.

The Channel will stream events from the Festival in the Turkish city, which begins with tomorrow's Opening Ceremony, after they reached an agreement with the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the Erzurum 2017 Organising Committee.

Daily live coverage of the competition will start on Monday (February 13), while 20-minute highlights packages will also be produced.

Alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, short track speed skating, ski jumping and snowboarding will be shown live, while biathlon and cross-country skiing will feature only in the highlights programmes.

"I am delighted that we have reached this agreement with the Olympic Channel as it will bring the excitement of the Winter European Youth Olympic Festival to the wider Olympic community and raise the profile of the young European athletes competing in Erzurum," acting EOC President Janez Kocijančič said.

"As the first EOC event to be broadcast on the Olympic Channel, Erzurum 2017 is making history and this is a great reward for the hard work that the Organising Committee and the Turkish Olympic Committee have done in staging this event two years earlier than was originally intended."

The event, which the EOC confirmed would remain in Turkey last month despite recent terrorist attacks in the country, officially gets underway with the Opening Ceremony.

It is due to take place at the Kazım Karabekir Stadium, which also hosted the same event at the 2011 Winter Universiade.

The event in Erzurum begins tomorrow with the Opening Ceremony ©Erzurum 2017
The event in Erzurum begins tomorrow with the Opening Ceremony ©Erzurum 2017

"Everything in Erzurum is in place to deliver a fantastic edition of the European Youth Olympic Festival," Erzurum 2017 general coordinator Necati Kaplan said.

"Our venues are first class, our hosting concept has been designed to deliver a superb athlete experience, and we have an incredibly enthusiastic team of volunteers to support athletes, fans and officials.

"I am delighted that our event will be shown on the Olympic Channel. 

"We are now even more determined to deliver the best possible EYOF experience for those in Erzurum, and those watching via the Olympic Channel."

The host nation's team at the event, which concludes next Saturday (February 18), will include 69 competitors, 24 girls and 45 boys.

The EOC have been reassured that all competing athletes will be safe amid heightened terrorism concerns in Turkey.

Last year Turkey was hit by several terrorist attacks and a gunman shot dead 39 people at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul in the early hours of New Year's Day.

The Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the incident.

A car bomb exploded in December in the city of Kayseri, located around 640 kilometres west of Erzurum, killing 13 people, mostly soldiers, and injuring 50.

IS were blamed for a further four attacks in Turkey in 2016, including a bomb and gun attack on the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul in June, where 41 people lost their lives.

World Curling last year opted to move their World Junior Championships from Erzurum.

The event was re-allocated to Copenhagen.