The third edition of the European Games is set to take place in Kraków and the regions of Małopolska and Śląsk in Poland from 21 June to 2 July 2023. The hosts were unanimously elected at an Extraordinary General Assembly of the EOC the day after the Opening Ceremony of the 2019 edition of the European Games in Minsk.
Overseeing the Games is the EOC Coordination Commission, expertly led by its Chair, Hasan Arat (TUR), and Deputy Chairs Zlatko Matesa (CRO) and Jozef Liba (SVK).
The location for the 2023 European Games offers splendid venues, which will require only minimal work on infrastructure in line with IOC Agenda 2020 recommendations on the environment and sustainability. Poland is also well known for its beauties and heritage, making it a very popular destination for tourists from across the world.
The European Games in 2023 will be an important stepping-stone for the continent’s athletes on the road to the Olympic Games, with many of the sports acting as European championships and/or provide qualifications for Paris 2024. The Games 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.
The sports programme is rapidly taking shape, with twelve sports officially confirmed on the list:
- Beach Handball
- Cycling – Mountain Biking and Freestyle BMX
- Modern Pentathlon
- Muay Thai
- Sport Climbing
More sports are set to be announced in the coming weeks.