MINSK, 22 April (BelTA) - The European Olympic Committees (EOC) and the Union Europeenne de Cyclisme (UEC) have announced the inclusion of MTB Cross-Country and BMX Freestyle Park in the 2023 European Games program, the multisport event planned in Krakow and Malopolska (Poland) from 21 June to 3 July, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.
Both events will be held in the format of continental championships, with participants able to earn ranking points for participation in the 2024 Games in Paris.
“Poland expects to welcome the European leading athletes in mountain biking and BMX, as the upcoming event will be the most important for them in 2023,” said Hasan Arat, chair of EOC Coordination Commission for 2023 European Games.
President of the Union Europeenne de Cyclisme Enrico della Casa said that cycling is quite popular with the fans as well as with the television audience. He also noticed that cycling disciplines would also be represented at the 2022 European Youth Summer Olympic Festival in Slovakia.
The development of the sports program of the 3rd European Games continues. Earlier, the EOC announced the inclusion of archery, badminton, beach handball, boxing, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, shooting, sport climbing, taekwondo and triathlon in the 2023 Games program.