A warm welcome to the 49th Eurovision Sport Winter Games! I am extremely pleased that in 2020 this event will be taking place in Saalfelden / Leogang in Austria. As Director General of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) I am very much aware of how important the coverage of sports events, in particular winter sports events, is to our audience. Sports programmes reach top quotas on TV on a regular basis.
As an Austrian I am also aware of the importance of winter sports for the Austrian population and of how well developed our facilities are. The area of Saalfelden / Leogang in particular offers the best conditions for a rewarding stay, be it from a point of view of sports, culture or culinary aspects.
We will spare no effort to make sure our visitors are comfortable and can have an unforgettable time here with their colleagues from other broadcasting stations. We want them to have a pleasant and enjoyable stay here in Austria, and are doing our best to achieve this for everyone. Eurovision Sport always offers a great opportunity for cross-country partnerships, it promotes mutual understanding and strengthens the European spirit.
Speaking of preparations, I would like to wholeheartedly thank all those who have contributed enormously to making these winter games happen: the organization committee, the sports representatives, the members of the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) and of course a very special thank you goes to all the participants.
I would especially like to thank those responsible in Saalfelden / Leogang, who have welcomed us with an open mind, have always been most helpful and accommodating, and who have spared no efforts in ensuring everything will run smoothly.
I hope you will be able to enjoy the results of our combined efforts. We are looking forward to welcoming you as our guest!