Poland rubber-stamped as 2023 European Games host
The Malopolska region and its capital, the city of Krakow, in Poland will host the 2023 European Games, following a unanimous vote of the European Olympic Committees.
The Polish Olympic Committee was the sole bidder to stage the games having met the 31 May deadline, and Malopolska-Krakow was rubber-stamped as the 2023 host at an extraordinary general assembly in Minsk, Belarus on Saturday, one day into this year's European Games.
Andrzej Krasnicki, president of the POC, said: “We strongly believe that this great multi-sport event will contribute to the development of European sport and also promote our country, Poland, the city of Krakow, and the Malopolska region.”
The EOC coordination commission for the games and the 2023 local organising committee will now work together on the composition of the sports programme.
Janez Kocijančič, president of the EOC, said: “We will follow the strategy defined in Olympic Agenda 2020. That means we will determine the core sports and then discuss with the organisers which other sports to include, with emphasis on those offering Olympic qualifications and European Championships.”
“The Olympic Games are returning to Europe the following year [Paris 2024], so we would like to have a sports programme with very strong Olympic qualification as we aim to defend our position as the leading continent in international sport.”
There is understood to be a desire to get top-tier aquatics on the programme for Krakow 2023.
A junior swimming event was part of the inaugural Baku 2015 European Games programme, but it is not on the Minsk 2019 programme.
There are 15 sports on the Minsk programme: 3x3 basketball; archery; athletics; badminton; beach soccer; beach volleyball; boxing; canoe sprint; cycling; judo; karate; sambo; shooting; table tennis; and wrestling.