Aquatic sports will return to the European Games in 2023 with artistic swimming and diving confirmed as part of the official programme for the third edition of the multi-sport event in Poland.
The inaugural European Games – Baku 2015 – featured junior competitions for swimmers, divers, artistic swimmers and water polo players in the Azerbaijani capital city.
However, there was no such representation at the 2019 edition in Minsk, Belarus, with LEN reverting to traditional separate junior competitions and retaining existing senior events.
For 2023, the Kraków-Małopolska European Games aquatic competitions will incorporate the respective biannual LEN European Championships for divers and artistic swimmers.
The event will run from Wedneday 21 June to Sunday 2 July 2023, with specific venue and competition details for the aquatic sports to be confirmed at a later date.
LEN President Antonio Silva attended a meeting of the European Olympic Committee (EOC) Co-ordination Commission this week in Poland to discuss preparations ahead of next year’s competition, which will be co-hosted between the cities of Kraków and Małopolska.
During this visit it was confirmed that artistic swimming and diving would join the 25 sports already confirmed for the 2023 European Games.
“We, as European Aquatics, are delighted to be part of this family again after a long time isolated,” said LEN President Silva.
“The EOC, under the presidency of Spyros Capralos, is a brilliant and relatable partner for us to further develop aquatic sports in Europe.
“For this edition there will be artistic swimming and diving but through co-operation we hope to have more aquatic disciplines in 2027.”
Silva also stated his delight at achieving another element of LEN’s action plan to grow the aquatic movement throughout the continent and promised to reveal further details at the LEN Congress in Antalya, Turkey, on 21-22 October.
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