100 days to Pyeongchang: Polish athletes eye winter Olympics
PR dla Zagranicy
Some 55 to 60 Polish athletes will compete in February’s winter Olympics, officials said 100 days ahead of the start of the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Olympic flame arrives in South Korea with 100 days to go on Wednesday. Photo: EPA/KIM HEE-CHUL
The Polish Ski Association (PZN) alone plans to field about 30 competitors, including a contingent of cross-country skiers, biathletes and ski jumpers, according to officials.
“The 100 days left to Pyeongchang will be a period of hard work, but generally everything has been taken care of," the association’s head, Apoloniusz Tajner, has told the PAP state news agency.
He added: “Everyone knows what they should be doing until the games kick off.”
‘No financial problems’
Tajner also said: “We have no financial problems. The Ministry of Sport and Tourism has taken good care of us, and our sponsors provide us with additional flexibility. We are able to react very quickly to any potential snags.”
The final lineup of the national team for Pyeongchang is due to be approved by the Polish Olympic Committee in late January.
On February 1, the South Korean organisers are scheduled to open the Olympic villages and training facilities, and on February 7 the Poles will be officially welcomed to Pyeongchang, officials said.
The Games will take place on February 9-25.
Poland won six medals, four gold, one silver and one bronze, during the previous winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, the best Olympic Winter Games tally for Poland ever.
Source: PAP, IAR