Land surface : 312 679 kmē
Population : 38,2 millions
Capital : Warsaw
Language : Polish
Currency : zloty (PLN)
GDP per capita ($PPP) : 18,705 USD
Budget of State (2009): about 300 milliards PLN
Budget of the ministry responsible for sports:
about 270 millions PLN - Ministry’s budget only for tasks related to sport (it does not include the task in the field of tourism and expenditures for the UEFA EURO 2012™ preparations)
and additionally 250 millions as an extra fund for the special program of building the sport pitches around Poland
Principal financing source for sport: no data available
National sports federations : 68
Sports people member of a club :
National and international political priorities in the sports sector (2009)
The Strategy of the Development of Sport in Poland up to 2015 indicates actions for the achievement of its main strategic goal: An Active and Fit Society. There are three priorities:
1. Promoting Sport for All
This covers actions affecting the physical and personal development of people, their health and quality of life. The role of the Ministry is to support programmes establishing health - enhancing behaviour, increasing physical activity in different age, professional and community groups.
The advantages of sport are also used to create positive civil attitudes and to counteract social pathologies, particularly hooliganism, drug-addiction and alcoholism.
2. Improving the level of sports results
Within this priority the objectives of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism are:
· creating optimal organisational and financial conditions of the preparation of the national team participating in the Olympic and Paralympic Games and top level championships
· development of youth sport based on modern and effective systems of attracting talented young people to sport
· creating the legal basis and implementation of the state policy on eliminating pathology in sport, particularly the fight against doping in sports.
3. Development of sport and leisure infrastructure
Modern and widely available sport and leisure infrastructure is an important condition of the implementation of the Ministry of Sport and Tourism priorities. It is connected with the improvement of sports results and increasing society’s interest in physical activity. The objective here is to increase the number of modern sport facilities across the country, such as sports halls, football pitches and other sports fields, swimming pools, winter sports facilities, and to promote the effective usage of both existing and new infrastructure facilities
Organisation of sport in the country (2009)
The Ministry of Sport and Tourism is governmental institution responsible for creating and implementing sport policy in Poland.
The Ministry of Sport and Tourism supports polish sports federations in the preparation of national teams to participate in sports competitions and Olympic Games. In addition, the Ministry distributes budgetary funds dedicated to top sport and control their expenditures. In terms of youth sport development, the Ministry coordinates the system of sports competitions for young athletes.
Furthermore the Ministry of Sport and Tourism is implementing actions aimed at promoting sport among all social groups by creating favourable organizational and legal conditions and by offering subsidies towards the activities undertaken by self-government units and non-governmental organisations.
Polish sports federations are the exclusive organizers of sports competitions. They are responsible for licensing sport clubs, athletes, trainers and referees, for appointing to the national teams, and they represent Polish sport in international sports organizations. The federations are established in accordance with the provisions of the Association Law, in pursuance of statutory requirements, and following the decision of a relevant minister responsible for the issues of physical culture and sport.
The Polish Olympic Committee is an autonomous, non-government organisation which stems from a social movement and brings together volunteers from both sport and culture, is a nationwide union of sports associations and organisations, as well as other legal entities, pursuing the aims and goals of the Olympic Movement and the tasks related to the development of sport in Poland.
The Central Sport Centre (COS) was created to provide a complete, professional training background to support the preparation of Polish Athletes. The COS has taken the form of a budgetary enterprise, subsidised from the state budget and supervised by the Minister of Sport and Tourism. The COS comprises 7 Olympic Preparations Centres, which are equipped with modern facilities.
The Institute of Sport, an independent scientific institute, supervised by the Minister of Sport and Tourism, which focuses its activities on the following areas: anti-doping research, biochemistry, biomechanics, endocrinology, physiology, physiology of feeding, construction of research equipment, psychology.
Anti-doping controls are carried out by the Commission Against Doping in Sport (also supervised by the Minister of Sport and Tourism). Commission Against Doping in Sport controls and manages the programme of anti-doping tests in Poland. The tests are carried out in the Polish Anti-Doping Laboratory, which obtained WADA accreditation in 2004.
Results of the last Olympic Games
Summer Games (Beijing, 2008)
Total of available medals: 10
Total of won medals: (21 th by gold ranking)
Gold: 3 ; Silver: 6 ; Bronze: 1
Winter Games (Turin, 2006)
Total of available medals : 2
Total of won medals: ( 15th by gold ranking)
Gold: 1 ; Silver: 3 ; Bronze: 2
World champion in 2009 (including non olympic sport):
Total number of medals: 274, of which juniors 118
Gold medals: 70 (juniors 32)
European champion (in 2009):
Total number of medals: 482, of which juniors 302
Gold medals: 134 (juniors 79)
Sports director :
Ms Ewa Suska
Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Sport and Tourism
Address:ul. Senatorska 14;
tel.: +48 22 2443 102
fax: +48 22 2443 217
Name: Ms Ewa Markowicz
Title: Head of Unit for Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation
Address: Department of International Cooperation
Ministry of Sport and Tourism
Address: ul. Senatorska 14;
Tel. : +48 22 2443 102
Fax: +48 22 2443 217
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