The European Olympic Committees (EOC) this weekend welcomed a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the 3rd edition of the European Games (EG), which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023.
The meeting was led by EOC Acting President Niels Nygaard and Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi and attended by representatives of the Polish federal, regional and municipal governments, including Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets Jacek Sasin, Polish Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk, Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski, and the Marshal of the Małopolska Region, Witold Kozłowski. A team from the Polish Olympic Committee headed by President Andrzej Krasnicki was also in attendance.
Discussions centred on preparations for the Games, the proposed sports programme, and the philosophy of the European Games, including potential opportunities for Poland, Krakow and the Małopolska Region.
“It was a highly productive meeting and we were very happy to see such a strong commitment from the Polish delegation,” said Acting President Nygaard. “It was a great start, we have worked as a team and reached concrete results, setting a precise roadmap for the future. We look forward to continuing ahead in the same spirit.
Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin underlined how the European Games are a great occasion to promote the country:
“The Polish government sees the economic and social opportunities related to the organisation of the EG 2023 in Kraków and Małopolska region.”
“As the plenipotentiary of the Polish government for the organisation of EG 2023, together with the Minister of Sport, I participated in a groundbreaking meeting with the EOC in Rome. I am pleased that we agreed jointly with all partners on the preliminary list of sports disciplines - this will allow specific investment plans to be made in the near future."
Polish Minister of Sport Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk delivered a report on the sports programme proposed by the Ministry of Sport in cooperation with the NOC of Poland, the Municipality of Krakow and the Małopolska Region. EOC Executive Committee Member Jozef Liba also presented a comprehensive overview on the sport proposal.
The two sides agreed on a preliminary list of 23 sports for the Games, subject to final negotiations with each of the European and International sports federations. A key criterium for selection was whether the sports will use the European Games as their continental championships and/or offer qualification for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The preliminary list is as follows:
• Artistic swimming
• Basketball 3x3
• Beach handball
• mountain bike
|• Karate |
• Modern pentathlon
• Mountain running
• Rugby sevens
• Ski jumping (summer)
• Sport climbing
• Table tennis
• beach volleyball
• Weightlifting • Wrestling
The meeting in Rome followed a recent three-day EOC inspection visit to the Polish hosts from 30 July-1 August.
“The presence in Rome of such a high-level delegation underscores the importance that your country and your government give to the organisation of the European Games,”
EOC Secretary General Pagnozzi told the Polish delegation.
EOC Coordination Commission Chair for Krakow-Małopolska 2023 Hasan Arat, who attended the meeting remotely due to travel restrictions, stressed that the EOC has many reasons to be happy that the European Games will take place in Poland and that the organisation of the event will also be a great opportunity for the country.
“The social benefits and the legacy for your nation from organising such an event can be huge,” he said. “For each host country, the European Games are an opportunity to engage with its citizens, to motivate volunteers, to inspire young people, to promote healthy lifestyles and to foster social inclusion.”
Polish NOC President Krasnicki said that he was very pleased with the discussions and outcomes of the meeting.
It was a very fruitful meeting during which many issues related to the organisation of Games were addressed.
There is common awareness on the importance of this event and determination to conclude all necessary decisions as soon as possible.
I am sure that by having the support from the Polish government with effective cooperation between the City of Krakow and the authorities from the Małopolska Region, we will be able to organise a great sport event in Poland in 2023.
EOC ExCo Member Zlatko Mateša provided context on the history and philosophy of the European Games, retracing the highlights of the continental Games from Baku 2015 to Minsk 2019.
It is a project of mutual benefit. The key word from our side is flexibility,
said Mateša, who also underlined the social benefits and legacies host nations can expect from organising such an event.
We don’t want you to build any extra infrastructure unless you will need it for future use. We are promoting a polycentric approach, with the involvement of many cities.
Please be assured that all the above can be gained without spending too much. Following the adoption of Olympic Agenda 2020, sustainability is a working principle for us. The Games, with the participation from 50 European countries, will strengthen the position of Poland also at the European Union level, improving its diplomatic channels.
Spyros Capralos, IOC Member and CoCom Chair both for the Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019 European Games, emphasised that the European Games are an integral part of the Olympic journey and
the inclusion of new sports in the programme will be an asset for the Games and for Poland.
The proposal of summer ski jumping, which is very popular in Poland, is an absolute novelty for the Games.
The full list of EOC and Polish Olympic Committee representatives was as follows:
MINISTRY OF STATE ASSETS:
MINISTRY OF SPORT:
POLISH OLYMPIC COMMITTEE:
*unable to attend due to travel restrictions.
Olympic Federation of Ireland plans for the future
The Board of the Olympic Federation of Ireland today (23 July) announced the appointment of Nancy Chillingworth as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022 and the renewal of CEO, Peter Sherrard’s, contract to 2024. The Federation has also opened its recruitment process for the role of Chef de Mission at the European Games in 2023 and the Olympic Games in 2024.
Nancy Chillingworth was Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission at this year’s Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne and is the OFI’s pre-Games training camp manager for the Tokyo Olympic Games, overseeing arrangements for athletes and performance staff in Fukuroi and Hamamatsu prior to entering the Olympic Village in Tokyo.
She is employed by the Olympic Federation of Ireland as Performance Manager since 2019 and is also working to drive the Federation’s Winter Sports Strategy. Chillingworth, who has a background in sports psychology, has served as Chair of Hockey Ireland’s High Performance Committee. She came to the OFI having worked as Player Development Manager with Rugby Players Ireland and before that, as Performance Director for Paralympics Ireland during the very successful London and Rio Games cycles.
The OFI Board has also renewed the contract for its CEO, Peter Sherrard, through to December 2024. Sherrard was appointed by the OFI in early 2018 through to 2020. The new contract will allow him to continue to grow the organisation and oversee its development through the Olympic Games of Tokyo in 2021, Beijing 2022 and Paris in 2024.
OFI President, Sarah Keane, welcomed the appointments,
“We are delighted to have secured Peter’s leadership for the coming Olympic Cycle. He has brought a tremendous amount of energy to the role and has succeeded in making hugely positive advances for the Federation in a short space of time. He has been excellent to work with and brings a highly professional approach. As a Board we are very happy to have secured his services through to 2024.
“We also congratulate Nancy Chillingworth on her appointment as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022. Nancy has already been involved in the planning process for the Games, having completed a site visit to each of the three Olympic venues in China in November 2019. She has also proved herself as part of Tricia Heberle’s Tokyo Games leadership team, and as Chef de Mission for the Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne earlier this year. We are delighted to give her this well-deserved opportunity.”
Peter Sherrard OFI CEO said,
“I would like to thank Sarah Keane and the Board for making my job so fulfilling. Their strategic oversight and advice has been of major assistance to me in growing the OFI team and has made it much easier for me to deliver significant changes for the organisation over the past three years.
“I congratulate Nancy Chillingworth on her appointment as Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022. She has been a real asset to the Federation in the build up to Tokyo and we are very happy to have secured her expertise for this challenge in 2022.
Speaking on her appointment, Nancy Chillingworth, Team Ireland’s Chef de Mission for Beijing 2022 said, “This appointment is an honour for me and a project that I very much look forward to taking on. While a large part of my focus in the next year will be on preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games, it is ideal from a planning perspective that I can also continue and the develop the work that has started on planning for Beijing 2022.”
The OFI also announced that it is opening a recruitment process for the position of Chef de Mission for the European Games in 2023 and the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. With the Tokyo Olympic Games taking place in 2021 under the leadership of Chef de Mission Tricia Heberle, it is important that we start planning early for the next cycle. The successful candidate will report to the Olympic Federation of Ireland’s CEO, Peter Sherrard, and will work closely with the Performance Directors, Coaches, NGBs, the Sport Ireland Institute and the Sports Institute of Northern Ireland.
Applications are invited until Thursday 13 August, and full details on the position and how to apply can be found HERE
2023 European Games, and 2024 Olympic Games
Team Ireland Chef de Mission Appointment Process
The Chef de Mission (CDM) is responsible for leading Team Ireland’s preparations and performance at the Summer Olympic and European Games. The role requires strong leadership qualities, a detailed understanding of the Irish high performance system, and the ability to coordinate the multi-disciplinary functions required for a successful Games event.
The Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) will endeavour to appoint the best person for this role through a well-structured and transparent process. This will include both a written submission as per the requirements of the CDM position and an interview.
This process should be the vehicle for appointing a CDM for European Games in 2023 (EG) and Summer Olympic Games in Paris 2024 (SOG). While ideally it may be the same person, an individual’s circumstances may not allow for this, therefore some flexibility may be required.
Terms of the CDM Role
The role will ideally encompass oversight for two significant projects during the next Olympic cycle. Consequently, it will start in 2021, with increasing workloads required in 2022-2024.
EG Krakow 9 June – 25 June 2023
SOG Paris 26 July – 11 August 2024
Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and competencies.
Role requirements and responsibilities are listed below.
If you believe that your experience, skills and ambition meet the requirements of this role, please forward an application to firstname.lastname@example.org as per the below requirements:
Closing date for receipt of applications is 18:00hrs on Thursday 13 August 2020.
Team Ireland Chef de Mission (CDM)
Summer Olympic Games 2024, European Games 2023
Olympic Charter: Bye law to Rules 27 and 28 – Section 4 – Chef de Mission
‘During the period of the Olympic Games, the competitors, officials and other team personnel of a National Olympic Committee are placed under the management and responsibility of a Chef de Mission, appointed by his (or her) National Olympic Committee, to liaise with the IOC, the International Federations and the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games’.
To provide leadership, management and a high duty of care to Team Ireland athletes and staff at the Summer Olympic Games and European Games in order to deliver a cohesive and well organised level of service and support to enhance optimal performance.
Key Considerations for the CDM Role
Chef de Mission Role Requirements
Chef de Mission Role Responsibilities
Accountable to – the CEO
Key Relationships – OFI President and Executive Committee, Athletes’ Commission and staff, Sport Irelans Institute, Sport Ireland, Sport Northern Ireland, National Federations, host Organising Committees, Team Ireland support staff, Team Leaders, athletes and sport specific staff.