Eight best European athletics teams will start in May at the Silesian Stadium, which has just become the host of the European Team Championships 2021. Poland, defending the team title of the continent’s champion, replaced Belarus as the host of this competition.
The white and red team won the European Team Championships for the first time in August 2019 at Zdzisław Krzyszkowiak’s Stadium in Bydgoszcz. The next edition of the event was to be organised by Minsk. A few weeks ago, European Athletics informed that the competition would not be held in Belarus due to technical reasons. A wish to take over the event was expressed by Spain and Poland, which proposed Silesian Stadium as a candidate. Eventually, the European Athletics authorities decided to entrust the role of the host to our country. The self-government of the Silesian Voivodeship sees many positive aspects in the European Championships.
– It is a huge success to organise European Athletics Team Championships in the Silesian Voivodeship at the Silesian Stadium. The success of sport and promotion, but I am also sure that it will be beneficial for tourism and the economy. Granting such an event only confirms that the National Athletics Stadium is an outstanding facility on Poland and Europe’s sports map. During the Memorial of Janusz Kusociński or the Memorial of Kamila Skolimowska, we can admire the most prominent sportsmen in Europe and the world in the Witches’ Cauldron. We confirm our professionalism in organising such events each time. We will also host World Athletics Relays next year. This is another proof that our Stadium’s potential is appreciated by the athletes and people responsible for selecting the best facilities for the competition. The European Athletics Team Championships at the Silesian Stadium will also be an opportunity for the Silesian Voivodeship. We will showcase our tourist and cultural values and strengthen our brand as a dynamically developing region that benefits from the heritage and is looking boldly to the future – said Jakub Chełstowski, Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship.
The European Athletics authorities had a favourable opinion about the region and the Stadium.
– Recently, I had the opportunity to see a presentation of the Katowice-Silesia project, which surprised me with how much this region has evolved and how dynamically it is developing in many areas while keeping its tradition. I also found it very attractive, and I am looking forward to returning to Silesia in May next year – said Christian Milz, CEO of European Athletics.
The European Athletics’ decision was welcomed by the Silesian Stadium authorities, which has been called the National Athletics Stadium this year.
– I am pleased that the National Athletics Stadium will host the European Athletics Team Championships. The Silesian Stadium is a high-class facility, ready to host international events – admitted Jan Widera, President of the Silesian Stadium.
The European Team Championships will be the next important athletics event organised at the Silesian Stadium.
– We have been recognised last year by the World Athletics and became organisers of the World Athletics Relays in 2021. A few months ago, we were appreciated by the Polish Athletic Association awarding us with the title of National Athletics Stadium, and today we are awarded again. We are glad of the decision of the European Athletics, but this is also another exam. However, looking at the quality of the competitions organised at the Stadium so far, I am sure that we will give our best – assures the General Director of the Silesian Stadium, Bartłomiej Kowalski.
The representatives of the Polish Athletics Association are also happy about the decision.
– Never before the team that won the previous edition of the European Team Championships had the privilege of defending the title on their own soil. So we create a beautiful story here. I am convinced that, both in terms of organisation and sports, the project that is about to begin will end successfully – emphasises Dr Henryk Olszewski, President of the Polish Athletics Association.
The European Team Championships in 2021 will take place on May 19 – 20. Eight teams will take part in the competition. Poland, defending its title, will host the teams from France, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Spain, and Portugal, which won in the first league in 2019.
Source: Marshal’s Office of the Silesian Voivodeship, Silesian Stadium, Polish Athletics Association.