Polish soldier athletes return from World Games laden with medals

Polish soldiers-athletes, who returned to Poland from the 7th CISM Military World Games held in Wuhan, China with sixty medals under their belt, were received by the Defence and Sport ministers, Mariusz Błaszczak and Witold Bańka.

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Such good performance allowed Poland to finish in the fifth place of the medal classification of the competition.

“[A total of] sixty medals – 11 gold, 15 silver and 34 bronze – is a major success. These are results of your hard work and talent. You break weaknesses, push yourselves to your limits – these are traits of both athletes and soldiers of the Polish Army,” Mr Błaszczak said.

“Soldiers of the Polish Army are well-trained, determined to defend our homeland. Your attitude shows that you protect the security of Poland and Poles. I sincerely thank you for that,” he added.

“Sixty medals means 60 reasons to be proud and satisfied. Poland is proud of your performance, of how you represent red-and-white colours. We are proud, because despite your competing, you are role-models for young people,” Mr Bańka said.

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He also thanked the Defence Ministry and military authorities for their approval for the presence of athletes in army. Mr Bańka stressed that more than 200 athletes are hired on military contracts. “Because my mission as Sport and Tourism Minister is coming to the end, I would like to thank the Defence Ministry and Minister Błaszczak for cooperation, for the Polish Arm’s support for athletes,” the minister said.

Mr Bańka will become the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). His term will begin on January 1, 2020.

Among Polish medal winners during Military World Games there are athletes who recently competed in World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, such as 4x400m Women Relay including Justyna Święty-Ersetic, pole vault athlete Paweł Wojciechowski, 800m runner Marcin Lewandowski, Konrad Bukowiecki and Paulina Guba (shot put) as well as Wojciech Nowicki (hammer throw).

Gold medals for Poland on the 7th CISM Military World Games won Michał Rozmys (running on distances of 800m and 1,500m), Wojciech Nowicki (Hammer Throw), Men’s marathon team (Arkadiusz Gardzielewski, Henryk Szost, Mariusz Giżyński and Marcin Chabowski), Paweł Wojciechowski (pole vault), women 4x400m relay team (Joanna Linkiewicz, Justyna Święty-Ersetic, Małgorzata Hołub-Kowalik and Anna Kiełbasińska), Paulina Guba (shot put), 4x25m Manikin Relay Men’s team (Wojciech Kotowski, Adam Dubiel, Bartosz Stanielewicz and Hubert Nakielski), Wojciech Kotowski (50m Manikin Carry), Jolanta Ogar and Agnieszka Skrzypulec (Sailing, Women 470 Class race) and Jaromir Wojtasiewicz (Shotgun Men’s Trap Individual).