By Emily Goddard
December 3 - An International World Games Association (IWGA) delegation has visited the Polish city of Wrocław for its first Coordinating Committee meeting of the 2017 World Games.
The two-day meeting saw the IWGA team, which included President Ron Froehlich, vice-president Max Bishop, chief executive Joachim Gossow and general manager Patsy Dew, meet with Wrocław officials to discuss various matters, such as budgets, infrastructure development plans, Games services and marketing activities.
Meanwhile, representatives from the local organising committee, including President Piotr Przygonski, director general Hanna Domagala, venue director Pawel Losinski, sports director Grzegorz Pyzalka and marketing director Bartlomiej Zak, as well as Wrocław Vice-Mayor Wojciech Adamski, presented detailed plans and a schedule for the next four years.
The sports programme, which is due to be finalised in the coming weeks, was also discussed, as Wrocław presented its candidates for invitational sports to the IWGA for consideration and feedback.
Finally, visits were made to five proposed 2017 World Games venues, including an existing 40,000-capacity stadium and an outdoor swimming pool that is being redeveloped to provide an Olympic size indoor pool.
"It was a very good and effective meeting," Froehlich said.
"We are one big family and our common goal is to get better and better."
Wrocław Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz added: "We are very pleased with the meeting's outcome.
"For us in Poland it is especially important that we have the full support from the Ministry of Sport and Tourism and the Polish Olympic Committee for organising the World Games 2017."
The Coordinating Committee will be held twice yearly until the Games in 2017, which are expected to attract 3,500 athletes to compete in more than 30 sports.
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