At the foot of the Tatra mountains, in Zakopane, an indoor speed skating track will be built, Polish President Andrzej Duda announced during a visit to the Central Sports Centre (COS) Zakopane on Tuesday.
The investment will cost nearly PLN 56 mln (EUR 12.6 mln), the Sports Ministry is to earmark PLN 45 mln for that purpose.
“I am very happy that, in terms of sport, it reinforces Zakopane, giving it back the position of a leading Winter Olympic preparation centre,” said the President.
Andrzej Duda pointed out that not so long ago, Poland had not had any speed skating track.
“Currently, we have a ready track in Tomaszów Mazowiecki, in central Poland, and the venue in Zakopane will hopefully be the second one soon”, he said.
The president also expressed the hope that building the track will help Polish competitors achieve success at the most important events: world championships, European championships, and above all, at the Olympic Games, where Polish speed skaters have won six Olympic Medals, four of them over the last decade.
Among other investments already carried out in Zakopane, President Duda mentioned running tracks, completed modernisation of the ski jumping large hill Wielka Krokiew and the ongoing reconstruction of the normal hill Średnia Krokiew.
In recent years, the Ministry of Sport has allocated over PLN 81 mln from the Fund for the Development of Physical Culture for works underway in Zakopane.