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On Monday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m., a ceremony of lighting and handing over the Flame of Peace will be held at Ara Pacis Museum in Rome. It will be attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda. Prominent Polish athletes: Anita Włodarczyk, Maja Włoszczowska, and Robert Korzeniowski will also fly to Rome to take part in the event.

The ceremony will be hosted by Spyros Capralos, president of the European Olympic Committees (EOC). The Kraków-Małopolska European Games Organising Committee will be represented by its president, Marcin Nowak, and the region will be represented by the Marshal of Małopolska, Witold Kozłowski. The event will be broadcasted via the EOC’s web TV.

The ceremony will be held in a special place, not only for the history of Rome, but also for all modern Europe. The Ara Pacis Museum is a symbol of peace, strongly associated with Olympic values, which of course are also linked to the European Games.

The ceremony of lighting and handing over the Flame of Peace will take place at this unique venue on Monday. This is one of the symbols of the European Games, and it’s based on the Olympic flame.

The event will be graced by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda, who will give a short speech, receive the Flame of Peace from EOC President Spyros Capralos, and then hand it over to Robert Korzeniowski.

Our four-time Olympic champion will perform a symbolic lighting of the torch, which will then set off for Poland. The relay with the Flame of Peace will be started by the currently most successful Polish female athlete, Anita Włodarczyk. The flame will light the torch of the European Games in Kraków on June 21.

European Games will begin on June 21 and will last until July 2. About 7000 athletes from 48 countries will take part in the sports competition. The programme of the Games includes 29 sports. 19 sports are to be held as Olympic qualifiers for Paris 2024. 13 competitions will additionally have European championships status.