It was a weekend full of sports emotions! The Polish national team has defended the title of the European team champion at the Silesian Stadium.
The European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 took place last weekend. Nearly 400 best athletes from seven countries competed at the National Athletics Stadium. Once again, the Polish national team did not disappoint and defended the title of the team champion of the continent. The Italians became the vice-champion of Europe, and the United Kingdom took third place.
– It was a doubly lucky day – we were announced to host the European Athletics Championships in 2028, and we have defended the gold medal of the European Team Championship at the Silesian Stadium. The so-called Witches’ Cauldron is indeed a fitting and fortunate place for the Queen of Sports. The Silesian Stadium is her true domain, and we have become a power to be reckoned with in athletics. It is hard to find better reasons for satisfaction. The sporting success goes hand in hand with an organizational one as the most prominent athletics events will take place here. It would not be possible without all the hard work of many people and the commitment of the voivodeship. Today I would like to thank everyone involved – says Jakub Chełstowski, Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.
An event of this rank is a huge organizational and logistic challenge. The organizer’s priority was to ensure the sanitary safety of the competitors and the entire staff involved in the preparations. Thanks to a well-developed medical protocol, it was possible to prevent coronavirus infection completely.
The event was open to a public audience. Especially for this occasion, a vaccination point has been prepared. All athletics fans who came to the stadium on Saturday and Sunday could get a single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
– I am proud to say that we have accomplished something that might seem impossible. We have prepared a grand European-scale event in just five months, which usually takes about two years. It was an incredibly intense few months of hard work but at the same time a valuable lesson. We have become wiser, so I am sure that the Silesian Stadium can successfully organize the most significant athletics events in the world – adds Bartłomiej Kowalski, CEO of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021.
Let us remind you that at the beginning of May, the Silesian Stadium hosted the Relay World Championships. Four months later, the European Athletics Team Championships were held at the facility. The following large events are still ahead of us: on 20 June, the Memorial of Janusz Kusociński and on 5 September, the Memorial of Kamila Skolimowska.
– The past events were just a half of the athletic events planned this year at the Silesian Stadium. I am glad that this is how the National Athletics Stadium celebrates its 65th anniversary. We could not have imagined a better way to celebrate this extraordinary jubilee than with the gold medal won by Poles for the second time in the history of this competition – adds Jan Widera, President of Silesian Stadium.
As confirmed during the Sunday press conference by the acting President of European Athletics Dobromir Karamarinov, in 2027, the Silesian Stadium will again host the European Athletics Team Championships. A year later, the European Athletics Championships will be organized at the National Athletics Stadium. For the first time, an event of this rank will happen in Poland.
The National Partners of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 were PKN ORLEN and Węglokoks. Totalizator Sportowy, the owner of the LOTTO brand, was the partner of the European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021.
The European Athletics Team Championships Silesia 2021 was financially supported by the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport.
Stadion Śląski Sp. z o.o.