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Bielsko-Biała will be one of the arenas of the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023. On Tuesday, the flag was handed over and an agreement was signed under which the city officially became another partner city of the upcoming event. The karate competition will be held in Bielsko-Biała.

The signing ceremony, which took place at the City Hall, was attended by the mayor of Bielsko-Biała, Jarosław Klimaszewski, the vice-president of the Organising Committee of the European Games Kraków-Małopolska 2023, Maciej Kurp, the secretary general of the European Karate Federation Davor Cipek, the president of the board of the Polish Karate Union Paweł Połtorzecki and Konrad Połtorzecki, the technical delegate of the European Karate Federation.

Bielsko-Biała thus officially joined the group of partner cities. There are exactly 36 days left until the start of the biggest multidisciplinary event of the year in Europe.

Mayor Jarosław Klimaszewski assures that the city is ready to host the best karate competitors in Europe.

“We are experienced in this type of competition, as this is another big event that will take place in our city. It’s an honour for us to participate in the European Games and we’re already inviting you to this event, as there’s bound to be a lot going on,” stresses Mayor Jarosław Klimaszewski.

Maciej Kurp, Vice President of the Organising Committee did not hide his satisfaction with the fact that Bielsko-Biała has already officially joined the group of partner cities of the European Games.

“I think that the karate competition will be very popular. The city, the hosts of the venue and cooperating institutions are perfectly prepared for this event. Thank you very much for that and I hope for even more,” emphasised the Vice President of the Organising Committee of the European Games Kraków-Malopolska 2023.

On the occasion of the handing over of the flag and the signing of the agreement, Davor Cipek, Secretary General of the European Karate Federation, also came to Bielsko-Biała.

“It is a great honour for me to be here and I would like to thank you very much for your hospitality in such a beautiful city as Bielsko-Biała. Nearly one and a half million athletes are united in the European Karate Federation and the European Games are one of the most important events for all of us. So this year Bielsko-Biała will be the capital of karate and I am already looking forward to coming here again,” emphasised Davor Cipek, Secretary General of the European Karate Federation.

Karate competitions will be held in Bielsko-Biała and their rivalry will be seen in the Bielsko-Biała Arena, which can accommodate 2400 people. The facility was built in 2010 and fulfils the function of a performance, sports and exhibition venue. During the European Games, the venue will be transformed into a competition arena for 96 of the best karatekas from all over Europe.

The 3rd European Games will begin on 21 June and run until 2 July. The opening and closing ceremonies are scheduled to take place at the Krakow City Stadium.