— Published 31 August 2021

Eighteen and two make twenty


The list is getting longer. The Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC) announced in a press release that beach soccer and kickboxing have been added to the programme of the third edition of the European Games, scheduled for 2023 in Krakow and the Malopolska region of Poland. Beach soccer returns to the European Games after having already been present in Baku in 2015 and in Minsk in 2019. Kickboxing will make its debut in the continental event, having already been included in the Asian Games, the All-Africa Games, the World Games and the Combat Games. In 2023, kickboxing will be represented in Poland by the ring (full contact) and tatami (sparring and light contact) disciplines. With these two additions, the 2023 European Games programme now includes 20 sports. Beach soccer and kickboxing join 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, canoeing, cycling, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, padel, shooting, ski jumping, sport climbing, taekwondo, teqball and triathlon. A new and very unexpected mix of Olympic disciplines and newer or less universal sports.