Athletes to compete in 24 sports at 2023 European Games in Poland

"We hope that the event will be very popular. We wanted it to be linked to the European Championship, which would raise its rank," Dmowska-Andrzejuk told the press conference on the 2023 European Games. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Athletes from all over Europe will compete in 24 sports at the 3rd European Games in Poland in 2023, Sports Minister Danuta Dmowska-Andrzejuk said at a Wednesday press conference, adding that the organisers want the event to be of a high profile.

The competitions will take place in Kraków and in the Małopolska province, both in southern Poland.

"We hope that the event will be very popular. We wanted it to be linked to the European Championship, which would raise its rank," Dmowska-Andrzejuk told the press conference on the 2023 European Games.

She noted that during the talks with the European Olympic Committees organisation in Rome at the weekend, a preliminary programme of the event was accepted.

The agenda will cover 24 sports, which makes a record-high number in the history of the European Games, including three types of basketball, beach handball, beach and indoor volleyball, synchronised swimming, wrestling, as well as a new breakdance event and ski jumping on plastic matting.

Last year, more than 3,060 athletes from 50 countries took part in the 2nd European Games, which were held in Minsk, Belarus.

The European Games are an international multi-sport event that form part of the Olympic tradition and is contested by athletes from European nations.