After TWG2017: Poland promotes Non-Olympic Sports

After TWG2017: Poland promotes Non-Olympic Sports

One of the outcomes of The World Games 2017 in Poland is that the host country has established the Polish Non-Olympic Committee (PNOC). The Committee is based in Wrocław - the city where the 10th edition of the multi-sports event was held.

PNOC President Tomasz Dauerman announced the foundation of the organisation in a letter to José Perurena, President of the International World Games Association. The PNOC was established on the initiative of the Polish Sports Associations.

“The main goal is to develop and promote non-Olympic disciplines as well as to prepare the Polish team for the next World Games in 2021. Medals won by our National Team at The World Games 2017 gave Poland the best results in the history of our participation. This sporting success is why the partnership with the International World Games Association and International Federations is a key goal of the Polish Non-Olympic Committee's strategy”, Tomasz Dauerman wrote to José Perurena. The Committee's activities will be based on close cooperation with the Ministry of Sport and Tourism, POLADA – the Polish Anti-doping Agency, the Polish Olympic Committee and the Polish Paralympic Committee.

The initiative to establish the Committee has already met with great support in the Polish sports
environment: over 20 sports organisations have already become members and the number is constantly growing.

“I am convinced that our close cooperation will contribute to the development of non-Olympic sport in Poland, further strengthening its position in the international arena,” says Tomasz Dauerman. The President claims his expectations for good reason. Looking back to The World Games in the past, it becomes evident.

It is quite clear that hosting the event has the effect of boosting the achievements of a country thereafter. Chinese Taipei, host of TWG 2009 in Kaohsiung, won 6 medals at the event in Duisburg, Germany in 2005 but gained 14 (3 gold/4 silver/7 bronze) medals at the TWG in 2013 in Cali, Colombia. The hosts of the 9th edition in Colombia achieved a place on the podium 12 times in 2009. 21 was the medal-count for Colombia at TWG 2017, four years after the Cali event.

Poland achieved its best result ever at The World Games in Wroclaw, winning 20 medals (5/6/9).