Polish gov't to support organisation of 2023 European Games

Deputy PM Jacek Sasin (L) and Mayor of Kraków Jacek Majchrowski during the press conference about the organisation of the 2023 European Games which will be held in the Polish southern city of Kraków. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

The Polish government will support the organisation of the 2023 European Games which will be held in the Polish southern city of Kraków, Deputy PM Jacek Sasin said in Kraków on Thursday.

The European Games, an international multi-sport event, were first held in 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan, and then in Minsk, Belarus in 2019. Krakow will host the third European Games, which are expected to attract athletes from some 50 nations.

Sasin said the European Games are "a prestigious, big sporting event." "Poland, a fast-developing country, is interested in holding such sporting events," he added.

Sasin also said that Krakow and the Lesser Poland region are "a showcase of Poland" and underscored the city's experience in organising large-scale events, as he mentioned the 2016 World Youth Day, a major Catholic youth festival attended by Pope Francis.

Kraków and Lesser Poland were named the host of the next European Games, in Minsk on June 22.

Some 3,660 athletes from 50 countries took part in last European Games that featured 23 disciplines. The games received the rank of European championships. Poland was represented by 151 athletes who won 14 medals, including three gold, one silver and ten bronze.