PM vows greater investment in sports infrastructure

Morawiecki praised the Gwiazda (Star) Sports Club he was visiting as it is celebrating its centenary and the PM said he was proud that children were doing sports and growing up as the next generation of Olympians. Tytus Żmijewski/PAP

Over the last four years the government has earmarked PLN 2.3 billion (EUR 542 million) for the development of sporting infrastructure in Poland and wants to promise that it will invest more in the coming years, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has declared.

Speaking in the northern town of Bydgoszcz on Saturday, where he was taking part in a children's table tennis training session at a local sports club, the PM said investment in sport was a "great chance for Polish sport and a healthy society."

Highlighting the PLN 2.3 billion spent over the last four years, Morawiecki said there had never before been such a period of investment in sports infrastructure and that this would increase over the government's coming term. He also praised the Gwiazda (Star) Sports Club he was visiting as it is celebrating its centenary and the PM said he was proud that children were doing sports and growing up as the next generation of Olympians.

"I have no doubt at all about it, and we want to assist it, because the victories of Poles, and even just the performance of Poles, is a great joy and pride for us all," Morawiecki said.

The prime minister recalled the times when he himself had trained and shared his advice with children and young people that they should always appreciate their opponents. "Once in 1983, I underestimated my opponent and I didn't come in the top four in the country, and so my sports career ended then," the PM told young people.