— Published 23 February 2021

Krakow turns up the heat

A threat to the European Games in 2023? According to the daily Wyborcza, tension is mounting between the municipality of Krakow, where part of the competitions should normally be held, and the Polish government. At issue, a dispute over the financing of the continental event. The mayor of Krakow, Jacek Majchrowski, calls for written guarantees from the authorities of the country as to their financial contribution, explaining that the candidacy of his city for the European Games 2023 had been desired and pushed by the government. At the opposite, the regime in place believes that the Games will be organised by Krakow and not by the central power. Meanwhile, no formal agreement has yet been signed between the two parties, with less than two years until the event. As a reminder, in June 2019 the Association of European Olympic Committees awarded the third edition of the European Games to the city of Krakow and the region of Lesser Poland. According to Wyborcza, the dispute between the two parties could lead to a renunciation of Krakow. The European Games could then be relocated to Silesia, subject to an agreement from the EOC.