The Ministry of Sport and Tourism as well as PKOL will support the organisation of The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw. The Ministry will support the organisation of games in Wroclaw financially and fund 50% of the costs of building the Olympic swimming pool necessary for organising competitions.
“We have received such declarations, but the negotiations are still on. The Ministry will provide 50% of the funds, but there are conditions. One of them is the availability of the swimming pool for the Swimming Association of Lower Silesia (Dolnośląski Związek Pływacki) and trainings. This is not a problem for us, and we accept such conditions,” says Wojciech Adamski, the Vice-President of Wroclaw.
During the Wednesday meeting at Stadium Wroclaw (Stadion Wroclaw), the representative of the department, Andrzej Banasiak, stressed that TWG 2017 is a priority for the Ministry. “We approach the initiatives of the authorities of Wroclaw with much enthusiasm. We know how important it is to present sports unnoticed by many, because they do exist; this is why, in 2014, we are starting a special promotion programme. We want to show the slightly different formula of these new sports, the solutions and openness which characterise them. It is not only the promotion of sport, but of Poland as well,” he said.
The Polish Olympic Committee (Polski Komitet Olimpijski) is engaged in the organisation of The World Games, offering organisational-logistic support. “We have much experience in this area. We know the procedures, we can offer advice and support the authorities of Wroclaw,” explains Joanna Huzarska-Tomaszewska, representative of PKOL.
The Wednesday meeting, in which the representatives of twenty sport associations participated, was also the first one during which sport activists, representatives of the Ministry, PKOL and authorities of Wroclaw together discussed organisational matters concerning TWG 2017.
“Exchanging information was the main objective of the meeting. Establishing certain procedures, the plan of operations or determining who needs what and how badly. Among other things, we want Polish representation to present itself at TWG; we want it to be the only team, just like during the Olympic Games,” says Piotr Przygoński, head of organisational committee of TWG 2017.
The World Games 2017 is the largest sport event organised in Poland. Preliminary estimates say that during The World Games, over 500 thousand guests, about 4 thousand athletes and at least a few dozen television crews airing live the struggles of participants of the World Sport Games will arrive in Wroclaw.