— Published 28 October 2021

Athletics is coming up strong


The 2023 European Games in Krakow-Malopolska (Poland) will be a great success. The Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC), which is behind the multi-sport continental event, has announced the addition of a new sport to the programme. Not the least of which is athletics. So far, nothing very new, as athletics has already been present at the first two editions of the European Games, in Baku in 2015 and in Minsk in 2019. But, in both cases, the format and the participation were not really up to the standard of the event. In Baku, the competition was the third division of the European team championships. In Minsk, four years later, it took the form of a new concept, called Dynamic New Athletics (DNA), which was certainly innovative, but not very readable. For the European Games in Krakow-Malopolska in 2023, athletics will have a much more prominent place, as the continental event will serve as the backdrop for the European team championships. Better still, the EOC and the European Athletics Association (EA) have agreed that all divisions of the European team championships will be held consecutively at the Slaski Stadium in the Polish region of Silesia. With this addition, the 2023 European Games programme now includes 24 sports or disciplines: athletics, 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, beach soccer, boxing, breaking, canoeing, cycling, fencing, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, kickboxing, padel, shooting, summer ski jumping, climbing, table tennis, taekwondo, teqball and triathlon. There are two major absentees: gymnastics and swimming.