2023 European Games

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III European Games
Host cityKraków, Poland
Nations participating50 (expected)
Officially opened byPresident of Poland (expected)
Minsk 2019 TBD 2027  >

The 3rd European Games (Polish: III Igrzyska Europejskie, Igrzyska Europejskie 2023) is an international sporting event to be held in Kraków, Poland in 2023.[1]

Host selection[edit]

Krakow was selected as the host city of the 2023 European Games

At the time of the 2015 European Games, the city of Manchester, United Kingdom expressed its wish to host the 2023 Games.[2][3] No further interest has been expressed since the 2018 European Championships were awarded to Glasgow, Scotland and the 2022 Commonwealth Games were awarded to Birmingham, England.

In May 2018, the European Olympic Committees (EOC) asserted that the bidding process for the 2023 Games would be open to joint bids from multiple countries.[4]

The EOC launched the bid process on 20 September 2018 after a meeting of the constituent National Olympic Committees in Stockholm.[5] Following the approval of the Bid Document, it was sent to the 50 NOCs in Europe alongside a letter from EOC President, Janez Kocijančič, inviting applications.[6] The application stage was set to close on 28 February 2019.[7]

In January 2019, Marcin Krupa, the mayor of Katowice, Poland, announced the city's interest hosting the Games, becoming the first candidate city.[8][9] Soon after, Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, Russia expressed it's interest in hosting the 2023 Games and it's intention to submit an application to the EOC.[10][11] Its bid would be made attractive by the fact the city built much sporting infrastructure when hosting the 2013 Summer Universiade and the 2015 FINA World Aquatics Championships and that a Russian bid has been supported by premier Vladimir Putin.[12][13][14]

In February 2019, the application deadline was extended by two months, until 30 April, due to "strong interest from across the continent".[15][16] In May 2019, after the extended deadline had passed, the EOC again postponed the deadline, this time until the 31 May.[17] No reason was given for the second extension.[17]

In May 2019, the Polish Olympic Committee announced that Kraków would replace Katowice as the Polish bid for the Games following the withdrawal of its bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and the wane of interest in Katowice.[18] The same month, EOC President Janez Kocijančič reiterated his expectation that the host for the 2023 Games would be chosen before the start of the 2019 European Games in Minsk on the 21 June 2019.[19]

After the deadline for bid submission passed on the 31 May, the European Olympic Committees confirmed that only one formal bid had been completed, that of Kraków in collaboration with the province Małopolska.[20][21][22] The mayor of Kraków, Jacek Majchrowski, had previously said that the city might decline to run the Games without support from regional and national government.[23]

The official election of the European Games 2023 host took place at an EOC General Assembly in Minsk on 22 June where it was unanimously decided that Kraków and the surrounding Lesser Poland region would hold the Games.[24][25][26] The vote was by a show of hands.[27]

Votes results[edit]

2023 European Games bidding results
City Nation Votes
Kraków  Poland Unanimous


In July 2019, Hasan Arat, the vice-president of the Turkish Olympic Committee, was named chair of the EOC's Co-ordination Commission for the 2023 Games.[28] He said he was "honoured and humbled by the decision".[28]

See also[edit]


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