“It is a huge success, both in terms of sport and organization. I am also sure that organizing the competition will benefit tourism and the economy. The award of such an important event confirms that the National Athletics Stadium has become a unique sports facility on the map of the region, Poland and Europe. Another on that the potential of our stadium is appreciated by the athletes and the people responsible for choosing the best venues for competition, ”Chełstowski said.
In early May 2021, Stadion Śląski will also host the Unofficial World Relay Championships.
In 2019 DME hosted Bydgoszcz in athletics, and the Polish team won the event for the first time. Initially, Belarus was due to host Minsk in 2021, but UEFA decided to change it.
“Never before has the national team that won the previous edition of the European Championship had the privilege of defending the title on home soil. So we are creating a beautiful story. I am convinced that the project that has just started will be successful in terms of both organization and sport.” The president of the Polish Athletics Federation, Henrik Olzewski, confirmed on the association’s website.
Eight teams will participate in the competition. In addition to defending the Polish title, they will be: France, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Ukraine, Spain and Portugal, which won the lower division in 2019.
A week ago, the European headquarters of the “Queen of Sports” decided to host the Continent Championship in the 2024 Open Stadium in Rome, whose last competitor was the Silesian Stadium within the “Katowice-Silesia 2024” project. .
“This defeat with Roma hurts a lot, but this is a sport, you have to accept it. Rome is Rome, the financial possibilities of the Silesian province are more modest. You have to take it upon yourself, think about the future and move forward” – added the marshal.
Christian Mills, Director of European Atlétics, indicated that awarding ME 2024 to the Italian capital should not be treated by the Polish side as a failure, but rather as a lesson for the future. “The Silesian show made a great impression, it was very good and dynamic,” he noted.
The Silesian facility can accommodate more than 54,000 fans. In August 2020, it was named the National Sports Stadium, and prestigious competitions are held there, such as the Janusz Kusuchinsky Monument and the Camila Skolimovsky Monument.
On Wednesday, the Polish players will play the Netherlands in their last group match in the Nations League.