BEACH SOCCER AND KICKBOXING added to European Games 2023
Beach soccer and kickboxing are the latest sports to be added to the programme of the European Games Krakow-Malopolska 2023 taking the total list of sports to 20.
It will be the third time that beach soccer has been a part of the European Games after featuring at Baku 2015 and Minsk 2019.
President of Beach Soccer Worldwide Joan Cusco (ESP) said: “It’s great to see beach soccer occupying such an important place at the European Games. We are honoured to be a part of the Olympic family and to have the opportunity to feature in an event as prestigious as the European Games is something that makes us very proud. We received a lot of positive feedback during and after the Games in 2019, and we are really thrilled to have the opportunity to stage another amazing spectacle and showcase what beach soccer is all about.”
For kickboxing, it will be the first time it has featured at the European Games. The combat sport is part of the Asian Games, African Games, World Games and Combat Games. The World Association of Kickboxing Organisations (WAKO) President Roy Baker (IRL) said:
“I am delighted at the inclusion of the sport of kickboxing into the official programme of the European Games 2023. I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the EOC and local organising committees for making our inclusion possible. It continues our vision to showcase the very best athletes in Europe and share the positive and material values our sport has on the lives of people and the wider community that surrounds them.”
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