It is the city that founded the Polish Olympic committee, and home to the oldest football clubs in the land – now Kraków is in line for the honour of European Capital of Sport 2015.
Judges from the board that will select the winning city visited Kraków on October 12, to assess the bid to win the prestigious title – and declared the capital of Małopolska a ‘strong contender’ in the competition.
The delegation from ACES, the Federation for the Associations of the European Capitals and Cities of Sport, praised Kraków’s bid, in particular the local authority’s support for sport at all levels. The new Cracovia and Wisła sports stadiums were subject to special interest, as was the development of the multi-purpose stadium for sport and entertainment being built at Czyżyny.
ACES vice-president John Swanson said: “Kraków has prepared a great application. It is very good that the city authorities are involved in the development of professional and amateur sport. We are impressed by Kraków’s sports investments, particularly the multi-purpose arena in Czyżyny. Kraków is certainly a very strong contender for the title of European City Sport.”
Magdalena Sroka, deputy mayor of Kraków, welcomed the judges’ comments. She added: “Our achievements in the field of sport can be a source of pride, and Kraków getting the prestigious title of European Capital of Sport will not only crown existing activities, but will also be the start of a new stage [of sport in the city].