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

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 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’.


Primary Role

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




Required Competencies

  1. Leadership


  1. Interpersonal


3.Business Management


  1. Personal Attributes



Chef de Mission Role Responsibilities

  1. Leads and represents the Olympic Federation of Ireland (OFI) and Team Ireland (TI) members in all requirements and activities leading up to and at the Summer Olympics 2024 and European Games 2023;


  1. Leads operational and logistical planning requirements for both pre and in-games, working closely with the OFI Chief Executive Officer (CEO), staff and other key partners;


  1. In conjunction with the CEO and any other relevant key stakeholders, contributes to budget planning and decisions pertaining to investment and funding allocations for the conduct of all Olympic training, preparation events and value-add activities i.e. Holding Camp, team building activities;


  1. In collaboration with the CEO, and Games specific working groups, leads the identification and selection process for all staff, in particular Deputy Chef and Games Administrative support roles;


  1. Facilitates and contributes to the development of a Games orientation programme for all Team members prior to the Games i.e. Staff, Team Leaders, Coaches, SS/SM providers and Athletes;


  1. Works closely with the Athletes’ Commission and Athletes’ Commission Support Officer to ensure that the needs of athletes are being met and that the Commission can contribute to planning and relevant initiatives that align to the Athletes’ Commission Strategy;


  1. Liaises with various stakeholders, on behalf of the Team, namely funding and service partners, National Federations (NFs), athletes, coaches, managers, support team members, Games Organising Committee, Sport Ireland; other multi-sport organizations, High Commission or Consulate office, and other Chefs de Mission from NOCs;


  1. Is accountable for providing on-going relevant and timely information to all Team Ireland members and staff prior to and during the Games e.g. qualification and competition information, accreditation requirements, travel arrangements etc;


  1. Ensures that there is a high standard of preventative care and on-going education in the fields of anti-doping and manipulation of competition and reinforces the anti-doping and integrity messages.


  1. Ensures adherence of team and team members to OFI and IOC regulations / programmes as per OFI athlete agreements, national federation agreements, and IOC regulations.


  1. Represents Team Ireland at CDM meetings before and during the Games and addresses team concerns and or issues that arise, with the host Organising Committee and or appropriate personnel;


  1. Liaises with the Team Ireland Medical Team (Doctor and Physio/s) to ensure adherence to the OFI medical Policy and the provision of a high-quality medical support and physiotherapy care is provided to athletes and staff, including maintaining appropriate medical records of all consultations confidential and secure;


  1. Works closely with Team Leaders and/or Coaches to establish understanding of the OFI values and open lines of communication and accountability for the well-being and performance of all athletes and staff in their care;


  1. Establishes an appropriate day to day support, communication and information sharing system for all staff, whether they are located in the village or at outlying residential locations.


  1. Participates as a member of the Issues Management Team dealing with any major issues or crisis situations during the Games, in the first instance reporting to the CEO;


  1. Responsible for the preparation of any official NOC Games appeals, ensuring appropriate decision-making and communications with the CEO and relevant parties before this occurs;


  1. Works closely with the CEO in respect of the PR and communications strategy and any requirements or initiatives being facilitated through sponsors, external media partners and/or third parties;


  1. Ensures that social media protocols are in place and communicated to all Team Ireland members, respect of the appropriate use of social media before and during the Games;


  1. In conjunction with the CEO and primary Team Ireland media contact, assists in delivery of all Games media requests and opportunities for interviews and promotion of Team Ireland athletes and staff;


  1. Prepares, in conjunction with OFI staff, progress reports (Board Updates) and a final report for presentation to the OFI Board, Executive Committee, Athletes’ Commission and other key partners as required;


  1. Contributes to the formulation of appropriate Games debriefing and review mechanisms to capture feedback and relevant information from all Team Ireland members in respect of planning and the Games experience;


  1. Liaises with the Athletes’ Commission in determining review mechanisms that compliment rather than duplicate their processes for gathering athlete feedback on Games experience;


  1. Performs other duties as required and assigned by the CEO throughout the duration of the organisation and participation of Team Ireland at the Games and of the Team.


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.




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