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Badminton makes it on the European Games 2023 list
Date: 9/15/2020 12:24 PM
Published by : European Olympic Committees
The European Olympic Committees (EOC) welcomed this weekend a delegation from Poland to the CONI headquarters in Rome for discussions on the third edition of the European Games, which are scheduled to take place in Krakow-Małopolska in summer 2023.

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.

Poland’s Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin, who was present at the meeting, stated.

- 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. 

The meeting 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:

Artistic swimming
Basketball 3×3
Beach handball
Canoe (slalom; sprint)
Cycling (mountain bike; road)
Modern pentathlon
Mountain running
Rugby sevens
Ski jumping (summer)
Sport climbing
Table tennis
Volleyball (beach volleyball; volleyball)

EOC Executive Board 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.

- 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.

The gold medallists from the 2019 European Games in Minsk were: 

MS – Anders Antonsen (DEN)
WS - Mia Blichfeldt (DEN)
MD – Marcus Ellis/ Chris Langridge (GBR)
WD – Selena Piek/ Cheryl Seinen (NED)
XD – Marcus Ellis/ Lauren Smith (GBR)

This announcement is terrific news for badminton, which featured in the first two European Games in Baku and Minsk, with Europe’s top players fighting it out for the continental crown. President of Badminton Europe, Peter Tarcala, is very pleased with the announcement. 

- I am happy to see badminton being on the preliminary list for the European Games in Krakow. It is a major event and we are proud to have been part of the games since the very beginning in Baku. The Minsk Games was great, and I truly hope to see badminton being presented in Krakow in 2023.

The continental multi-sport event with the Olympic spirit has a big presence in the badminton calendar every four years. Tarcala is also looking forward to the games in Krakow further enhancing the growth of the sport in Poland. 

- I have a positive feeling. Badminton is a growing sport in Poland and the talks between Badminton Europe and EOC have only been positive.

Click here to watch a video on the European Games that was shown to the participants.

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