Historic agreement sees Rugby 7s included in the European Games Krakow Malopolska 2023 for the first time ever.
The event will serve as the Paris 2024 Olympic Qualifier for Europe.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) and Rugby Europe have announced the signature of an agreement for the organisation of the European Qualification tournament for the Olympic Games Paris 2024 as part of the European Games Krakow Malopolska 2023.

For the first time ever, Rugby Sevens will be included in the European Games, the continent’s premier multi-sport event developed and organised by the EOC.

The third edition of the European Games will take place in Krakow and the regions of Malopolska and Śląsk from June 21st to July 2nd 2023.

The stand-alone tournament will take place at the Henryk Reyman Stadium in Krakow, the host of this weekend’s Rugby Europe Men’s Championship Series Krakow 2022.

The tournament will deliver a single European ticket (one per gender) to the Olympic Games Paris 2024, with 24 teams (12 Men and 12 Women’s sides) battling it out for the chance to qualify.​

The participants will be selected after the 2022 Rugby Europe Sevens Trophy and Championship Series and 2022/2023 World Rugby World Series in accordance with the Olympic Qualification System designed and approved by World Rugby and the IOC for the Olympic Games Paris 2024.
The final programme will be announced in due course.

Spyros Capralos, EOC President and IOC member, said: “We are delighted to welcome another Olympic sport onto the European Games programme and we look forward to seeing the continent’s best Sevens players trying to secure a place at the Olympic Games Paris 2024. Since its Olympic debut at Rio 2016, Sevens has gone from strength to strength and it is a sport that is really capturing the imagination of Europe’s youth, making it a perfect fit for the European Games. We’re very happy to be working in partnership with President Morariu and Rugby Europe and together we will deliver an unforgettable showcase of elite sport.”

Hasan Arat, Chair of the EOC European Games 2023 Coordination Commission and EOC Executive Committee member, added: “Rugby Sevens is growing rapidly by all metrics. Participation across Europe is increasing every day and the fast-paced and entertaining nature of the sport make it a fan favourite. The atmosphere at the Henryk Reyman Stadium will be electric this time next year and we cannot wait to see the action unfold. This marks another major milestone in the European Games as we continue to build momentum and set a sustainable blueprint for the future of the continent’s premier multi-sport event.”
Marcin Nowak, President of the Organising Committee of the European Games, was excited about the presence of rugby in Krakow: “It is a great opportunity for us to take a closer look at this spectacular discipline. In less than a year, the 7 rugby tournament will be held at the same stadium as part of the European Games. Sevens rugby is an extremely dynamic discipline that quickly grabs fans by the heart.”

Octavian Morariu, President of Rugby Europe and IOC member, said: “This partnership is a great achievement for Rugby Europe. Thanks to the EOC and the support of World Rugby, the Polish Rugby Union and the local authorities, Sevens rugby will have the opportunity to take centre stage once again. I would like to thank all the stakeholders who fully supported that the Qualifiers for the Olympics is included in a multisport event for the first time. This event will be a wonderful tournament for players and rugby fans.”

Rugby Europe is the regional governing body affiliated to World Rugby responsible for the promotion, development, administration and management of international competitions for the 47 member unions across Europe. The association organizes over 80 international games and 20 rugby tournaments each year, among which Men’s fifteen-a-side European Championships (Championship, Trophy, Conference 1 & 2, Development), the Rugby Europe Super Cup club competition, U20 and U18 European Championships and all the 7s Men and Women European competitions, World Cup and Olympics Qualifiers.

The EOC has marked one year to go until the start of the 3rd edition of the European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023, which will be held in Poland from 21 June to 2 July 2023.
With one year to go, the EOC has released the provisional event schedule, which can be found here. The Games will feature the best athletes from 18 Olympic sports, who will be seeking Olympic qualification and European titles, with gender equality set to be achieved. Meanwhile, the non-Olympic sports on the programme will bring a fresh and dynamic element to the Games, helping attract a new and younger audience. See the full list of sports on the programme here.
This represents the latest milestone in the organisation of the Games after the signing of the Host City and Region Contract for the 2023 edition with the City of Kraków, the Małopolska Region, the Polish Olympic Committee, and the local Organising Committee last month, and the announcement of the European Games 2023 Coordination Commission last week.
Next year’s edition will mark the first European Games that is hosted without any new permanent venues, with Poland using the world-class existing venues in Kraków and the regions of Małopolska, Śląsk and lower Śląsk for the 18 Olympic sports and the additional non-Olympic sports on the programme. In addition to this, a small number of temporary venues will be used.
Sustainability is central of all aspects of the Games, and in addition to the venue plan, there will be initiatives across transport, operations, waste management and much more to ensure carbon emissions are kept to a minimum. Carbon offsetting plans are also in place to ensure that the Games achieve carbon neutrality.
The European Games will be held with the application of the highest standard of good governance, including management of the anti-doping programme by the International Testing Agency in line with the EOC’s signatory status of the World Anti-Doping Agency.
EOC President Spyros Capralos said, “We are very excited to be entering the final year of preparations for the third edition of the European Games. Despite the challenges that we have faced, I have complete confidence that this will set a new benchmark for Europe’s premier multisport event. The Games will showcase the integral role of sport in promoting peace and unity, whilst being an example to future host cities who can carry this legacy long into the future.”
European Games 2023 Coordination Commission Chair and EOC Executive Committee member Hasan Arat added, “We are fast approaching the third edition of the European Games but our great friends in Poland are well prepared and set up for success. They have worked exceptionally hard to reach the point they are at, and they are right on track to deliver an event that will be memorable not just in Poland, but across Europe.”
Polish Olympic Committee President and EOC Executive Committee member Andrzej Kraśnicki commented, “This is the perfect opportunity for Poland to show the world that it can stage the biggest sporting events whilst capitalising on the wider societal benefits they bring. We cannot wait to welcome the best athletes from across Europe for a celebration of sport and friendship.”

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) is delighted to announce that the European Athletics Team Championships have been added to the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023.

The European Athletics Team Championships are a team-based athletics event that represents all of Europe’s Member Federations with a promotion and relegation principle between the divisions.

As part of the agreement between the EOC and European Athletics, all divisions of the Team Championships will be contested back-to-back at the Slaski Stadium in the Region of Silesia, Poland, thus providing a feast of top-class European team athletics at the Games.

“We have been discussing with the European Olympic Committees for some time now about integrating the European Athletics Team Championships to become a key part of the European Games in 2023,” European Athletics President Dobromir Karamarinov said following approval by the European Athletics Council for all leagues of the European Athletics Team Championships to join the European Games 2023.

“With this approval by the Council and thanks to the agreement with the European Olympic Committees and the local authorities in Silesia, we can now continue with the detailed planning of the format of the Championships and finding the right dates within the European Games window of 21 June to 2 July in 2023.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the European Olympic Committees President Spyros Capralos for the positive and speedy discussions between our two organisations that have led to this agreement.”

Athletics featured at the first two editions of the European Games in different formats. At Baku 2015, 600 athletes took part in what doubled as the 2015 European Team Championships for the Third League. At Minsk 2019, an innovative, team-based competition concept called Dynamic New Athletics was introduced.

“Since 2015, we have been working closely with European Athletics to make sure we have the best athletics competition as part of the European Games programme,” said EOC President Spyros Capralos. “Thanks to their cooperation, we have now found a solution for 2023 with the Team Championships and we are confident that the athletics in Poland will be one of the most popular events during the Games.”

European Athletics CEO Christian Milz added: “The addition of the European Team Championships to the programme of the European Games 2023 is a ‘win-win’ for European Athletics and the European Olympic Committees. We will deliver a top-level team athletics competition, with promotion and relegation battles between national teams going right to the wire, providing a truly exciting athletics event for both television and spectators alike.”

Chair of the European Games Coordination Commission Hasan Arat said: “It is fantastic news for us to welcome athletics back into the European Games programme. Now we will have the very best track and field athletes in Europe competing, and this is not only great for the Games, but it will also be very much appreciated by the passionate athletics fans in Poland.” 

The Marshal of Silesia, Jakub Chełstowski, said: “I am delighted and honoured to announce that the Region of Silesia will be hosting Athletics at the Slaski stadium during the European Games in 2023. I know that the Polish athletics fans are already looking forward to seeing top class athletes in action in 2023.”

The European Games are the continent’s premier multisport event for elite athletes and are held every four years.

Other sports already on the European Games 2023 programme are 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, beach soccer, boxing, breaking, canoe, cycling, fencing, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, kick boxing, padel, shooting, ski jumping, sport climbing, table tennis, taekwondo, teqball and triathlon.

At a duly convened IOC Executive Board meeting 10 June, IOC (International Olympic Committee)  accepted to recommend to submit the application from World Association of Kickboxing Organizations, WAKO to the IOC Session for a vote to become fully recognized International Federation. Since 30 November 2018, WAKO have been provisionally recognized and WAKO have since then worked diligently, strategically and with a targeted development profile to improve  the organization and the sport itself always focusing on positive outputs . As a result of the endeavor, IOC approved the recommendation for WAKO to become fully recognized member of the Olympic family of sport. The full recognition will finally to be decided by the IOC Session in Tokyo in July.

WAKO President, Roy Baker; What an historic day for the sport of kickboxing. This is a huge inspiration and acceptance of our sport worldwide. To be fully included and accepted in the Olympic movement is important for the recognition and the possibilities this means locally for our national federations, where the activity and development actually happens. We have used a lot of energy the last years, using the IOC recognition process as a driving force to develop our organization and thereby the sport. We have traveled a long way, but still have areas where we need to continually focus on and improve. As a team we have succeeded and as a team we have worked systematically on good governance, gender equality, transparency, integrity, fair play, health and security and education, constantly focusing on the athlete. We will now grab the opportunity to raise the bar focusing on the next target. In the meantime we will continue to produce quality for and with the members”.

Baker continues; “I want to thank the entire team in WAKO, which means the board and the committees involved and that have been a part of the process. Not to say our National Federations that have evolved very much the last year, you make it happens locally. We have all delivered. It is important for me to see this in a historical perspective and to honor those who indeed did their share in the evolution of the sport as leaders, from George Bruckner to Borislav Pelevic. I need to emphasize especially Honorary President Ennio Falsoni that have been the main creator and constructor of the sport we see today. Thank you Ennio” and lastly my right hand man Espen Lund, who I am privileged to call a true friend and supporter, Thank you Espen on behalf of everybody in kickboxing, together we have moved mountains, gained recognition far beyond expectations, its up to us to take this opportunity with both hands and continue to grow and prosper globally. Last but not least I want to extend gratitude to the IOC Sports Department and the Executive Board for their positive recommendation. The total WAKO community wish IOC good luck in the last preparations for the Games in Tokyo.”

WAKO, let’s celebrate today and reflect on how far we have actually come in the last ten years,  it’s an amazing journey and I am excited to continue it with you our members on behalf of the Athletes who we serve.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) is pleased to announce that the rapidly growing sport of Padel has been added to the programme for the third edition of the European Games, scheduled to take place in Poland in 2023.

It will be the first time for Padel to feature at a major multi-sport event since the creation of the International Padel Federation (IFP) in Madrid in 1991. The racquet sport is played in over 90 countries worldwide, with its largest following in Europe and South America, in particular Argentina and Spain. The International Padel Federation (FIP) currently counts 51 National Federations as members.

Typically contested in doubles on a court enclosed by glass walls, Padel is a quick and highly athletic sport that is commonly referred to as a cross between squash and tennis.

At the European Games Kraków-Małopolska, 64 of the best Padel athletes in Europe will compete in men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles across five days of competition. The inclusion of the sport at the Games will be a prime opportunity for Europe’s leading players to showcase their sport to a new audience.

Chair of the European Games Coordination Commission Hasan Arat (TUR) welcomed the sport to the Games’ programme, saying: “We have always seen the European Games as an opportunity for inclusion and innovation, and the addition of Padel in 2023 alongside the more established Olympic sports is a great example of this. I am confident that Padel will prove to be a popular addition to the programme and will attract a new audience for the sport and for the European Games.”

FIP President Luigi Carraro said: “I would like to thank the European Olympic Committees for welcoming Padel into the sports programme of the European Games Kraków-Malopolska 2023.”

“This is a historical moment for the International Padel Federation, our member federations, our athletes and - I am sure - all Padel lovers: girls and boys, women and men who practice our sport with growing passion and enthusiasm. I am sure we will contribute to the success of the European Games and we look forward to be part of it.”

The European Games are the continent’s premier multisport event for elite athletes and are held every four years. Padel is the 15th sport to be announced for the Games in Kraków-Małopolska, joining 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, canoe, cycling, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, shooting, sports climbing, taekwondo and triathlon. More sports are set to be announced in the coming weeks.

For the third straight edition of the European Games, the event will feature the best 3x3 stars from across the continent after the European Olympic Committees (EOC) and FIBA reached an agreement for Krakow-Malopolska 2023 today.

As at previous editions, 128 players in total will compete at Krakow-Malopolska, with an equal 16 teams of four making up the men’s side, and 16 teams of four making up the women’s.

Russia is the team to beat in the men’s tournament, having won back-to-back European Games gold at Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019.
On the women’s side, the French are reigning European Games champions, with Estonia finishing runners-up at Minsk 2019. “3x3 basketball is a fan-favourite, as we have seen at the first two editions of the European Games with big, enthusiastic crowds,” said EOC Coordination Commission Chair Hasan Arat. “The addition of 3x3 basketball highlights the EOC’s commitment to bringing the best sporting action and athletes from Europe to Krakow-Malopolska in two years.” “It has been a great pride for FIBA to see 3x3 become one of the faces of the European Games”, said FIBA Europe Executive Director Kamil Novak. “After the success of Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019, we are looking forward to another outstanding event in Krakow-Malopolska.”

The European Games are the continent’s premier multisport event for elite athletes and are held every four years. The European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023 are set to include roughly two dozen Olympic and non-Olympic sports. 3x3 basketball joins archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, canoe, cycling, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, shooting, sports climbing, taekwondo and triathlon as sports already on the 2023 programme, with more set to follow in the coming weeks.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the Union Européenne de Cyclisme (UEC) have announced the inclusion of two cycling events -- Mountain Biking and Freestyle BMX -- on the sports programme for the third edition of the European Games in Kraków-Małopolska.

This will be the third appearance for cycling at the European Games after featuring in the inaugural edition of the Games at Baku 2015 and the second edition at Minsk 2019.

This time around for 2023, Mountain Biking and Freestyle BMX will take center stage in Poland, with both events acting as European Championships and offering ranking points to athletes attempting to qualify for the Olympic Games Paris 2024. 

“Cycling has been a great partner of the EOC and the European Games, and we are very pleased to again welcome them to the programme for Kraków-Małopolska 2023,” said Chair of the EOC Coordination Commission Hasan Arat (TUR). “With the European Games not only acting as the European Championships for these two disciplines but offering qualification opportunities for the Olympic Games 2024, we are looking forward to having the best cyclists in Europe with us in Poland in the summer of 2023.”

Announcing the inclusion of cycling on the European Games 2023 programme, new UEC President Enrico Della Casa said: “In 2023, we will also be part of the European Games programme with two of the most attractive and spectacular disciplines in cycling: BMX Freestyle Park, which will be making its debut at the Olympic Games in Tokyo and MTB Cross-Country, which has always been very popular with TV audiences.

“Thanks to our close working relationship with the European Olympic Committees, we will also be engaged in the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) Banska Bystrica 2022 and we appreciate the potential and value of such great events,” Della Casa continued.

“We are certain that in 2023, cycling fans all over Europe and elsewhere will enjoy watching such a highly competitive event and much more.”

The European Games are the continent’s premier multisport event for elite athletes and are held every four years. The European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023 are set to include roughly two dozen Olympic and non-Olympic sports. Cycling joins archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, canoe, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, shooting, sports climbing, taekwondo and triathlon on the 2023 programme, with more sports set to follow in the coming weeks.

The sports programme for the 3rd European Games in Kraków-Małopolska is taking shape rapidly, with boxing and shooting becoming the latest Olympic sports to sign on for Europe’s leading multi-sports event for elite athletes in 2023.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) reached agreements with the European Shooting Confederation (ESC) and European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) this week, making boxing and shooting the seventh and eighth sports included on the programme since December 2020.

“Our goal is to provide a springboard for our best European athletes from our European Games to the Olympic Games, which follow a year later,” said EOC Acting President Niels Nygaard. “We are pleased that so many Olympic sports also see the value in our continental event, which gives their athletes the opportunity to compete at the very highest level while also getting an authentic taste of the Olympic experience.”

Kraków-Małopolska will be the third straight edition of the European Games for both boxing and shooting, following successful appearances at Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019.

ESC President Vladimir Lisin noted how his sport was one of the first to back the idea the European Games ahead of the first edition in the Azerbaijan capital six years ago. “The European Shooting Confederation was one of the first to support the idea of the European Games and gave them a special importance from the very beginning. We managed to ensure the participation of all top European shooters and the allocation of the Olympic quota places,” Lisin said.

“We are happy the European Olympic Committees appreciated the input of the ESC in the success of the European Games and found a possibility to increase the athletes quota and the number of shooting sport events in the program of the third European Games in Poland,” he continued. “We guarantee the highest quality of our competitions and believe in the success of the 2023 European Games.”


EUBC President Franco Falcinelli said he was looking forward to another excellent edition of the European Games, this time in Poland, a country known for its love of sport and deep heritage of world-class athletes.

“The European Boxing Confederation, which I am honoured to chair, is particularly pleased to participate with the best athletes from its 50 National Federations at the 3rd European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023. Since Baku 2015, we have been fervent supporters of this long-awaited competition, which has given continental Olympic sports an extraordinary message of innovation, capacity and organizational sustainability,” Falcinelli said.

EOC Secretary General Raffaele Pagnozzi also welcomed the enthusiasm shown by both Federations for the European Games: “Boxing and shooting have been with us from the start, and we cannot be happier to welcome them back at the 3rd edition in 2023,” Pagnozzi said. “Their presence at Kraków-Małopolska 2023 further underscores the stature of our event, which will feature the leading athletes from across Europe once again competing for continental glory.”

The EOC Coordination Commission for the 2023 European Games, led by Chair Hasan Arat, has been working closely with the European Federations to finalise their participation at Kraków-Małopolska. “With eight sports now confirmed, the EOC is quickly putting together an exciting, innovative and fan-friendly offering featuring the best athletes in Europe for the summer of 2023,” said Arat. “Along with our Sports Director Peter Brüll, we are in contact with the Federations on a daily basis and more agreements will follow in the upcoming weeks.”

The European Games in 2023 will be an important stepping stone for the continent’s athletes in many Olympic sports on the road to Paris 2024. They will also be a showcase for some newer sports, such as beach handball, which will be making its first appearance at a senior multi-sport event since the ANOC World Beach Games Qatar 2019.

Boxing and shooting join badminton, beach handball, canoe, karate, modern pentathlon and taekwondo, with more sports set to follow in the coming months.

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) is pleased to announce the first three sports that have been officially confirmed from the previously announced provisional list of sports, that will make up a comprehensive and varied sports programme, including a number of Olympic Sports, for the European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023.

Canoe, Taekwondo and Modern Pentathlon have been officially included for the third edition of the Games, considered a major stepping stone for Europe’s best athletes en route to the following year’s Olympic Games, in this case Paris 2024.

“We are delighted that the first three sports to be officially added to Kraków-Małopolska will also be at the Olympic Games 2024 in Paris,” said chair of the EOC Coordination Commission for the 2023 European Games Hasan Arat (TUR). “Their inclusion on the programme will offer valuable Olympic qualification opportunities for our European athletes.”

Commenting on the individual sports, EOC Sports Director Peter Brüll highlighted the key benefits of inclusion at the European Games. “Canoe Slalom as well as Modern Pentathlon will make their debuts at the European Games and both sports will act as European Championship events offering qualification opportunities for Paris.”

It will be the second appearance at the Games for Taekwondo, which featured as part of the sports programme in Baku 2015, and will offer the highest number of ranking points for aspiring Olympians at any continental event.

Jozef Liba (SVK), one of two deputy chairs on the EOC’s Coordination Commission, has been tasked with the responsibility of negotiating with the Federations for the make-up of the sports programme.

“We know that it has been a difficult year for federations, and we are very pleased with the discussions and the interest that we have had from sports looking to be a part of the programme in 2023,” Liba said. “It shows the great value that these Games have, and we are looking forward to continued discussions with a number of other federations and announcing more sports for Kraków-Małopolska in the coming weeks.”

Ongoing negotiations continue with the European Federations that have already signed MoUs as well as the others on the provisional sports programme, and all agreements are expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

EOC, Krakow-Małopolska agree on preliminary list of sports for European Games

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:

•    Archery
•    Artistic swimming
•    Badminton        
•    Basketball 3x3
•    Beach handball    
•    Breaking
•    Canoe
     •    slalom
     •    sprint     
•    Cycling
     •    mountain bike
     •    road        
•    Fencing        
•    Gymnastics        
•    Judo       
•    Karate            
•    Modern pentathlon    
•    Mountain running
•    Rugby sevens        
•    Shooting
•    Ski jumping (summer)    
•    Sport climbing    
•    Table tennis        
•    Triathlon
•    Volleyball
     •    beach volleyball
     •    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:






*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.

Peter Sherrard, CEO OFI

“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






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