The visit was a result of the city’s efforts to bid for the right to host the European University Games. ‘6000 student athletes from at least 40 countries are expected in Łódź’ TUL’s rector, professor Sławomir Wiak explained.
EUSA Games is a major University sports event in Europe. The Games have been held biannually since 2012. Łódź is bidding for the right to host the 2022 or 2024 European Universities Games.
- The idea to bid for the right to organize the games in Łódź sprouted at Lodz University of Technology’– TUL’s rector, professor Sławomir Wiak explained – The conceptual and organizational work was performed jointly by AZS TUL, Lodz University of Technology and the City of Łódź. The preparation for such an important event will require that the entire Łódź academic and sports community join in under the leadership of AZS Lodz University of Technology. During the event, athletes will compete in 13 different sports disciplines concurrently, and provided the conditions permit, further sports may be added, even up to the total number of 20, both men and women’s.
On Tuesday, 13 February, Adam Roczek, President of EUSA, representing the evaluation commission, arrived in Łódź. The Technical Commission is made up of EUSA general managers, of whom Haris Pavletic, EUSA Vice President, and Matjaz Pecovnik, Secretary General, came to visit. EUSA senior managers and memebrs of the technical commission met with professor Sławomir Wiak, TUL’s rector. The delegation toured the University’s sports facilities including Academic Sports Centre ‘Zatoka Sportu’. Both commissions visiting Łódź also met with the authorities of the Polish Olympic Committee.
Representatives of the Academic Sports Association of Lodz University of Technology – Przemysław Jagielski, Vice President AZS TUL, member of the General Board, and Marian Dymalski, Vice President of the AZS General Board for International Affairs – also took part in the meetings. The delegates met with the representatives of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of Sports and Tourism. On Thursday, 15 February, the evaluation commission met with the Marshal of the Łódzkie Voivodeship and the Mayor of Łódź.