MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR OF THE CITY OF KATOWICE
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In November 2019, Katowice will become the global centre of the fight against unfair competition in sport. I am proud that Katowice has gained the recognition of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and has been asked to host the prestigious 2019 World Conference on Doping in Sport, during which amendments to the World Anti-Doping Code will be approved and heads of WADA’s governing bodies will be elected. The event will be an excellent opportunity to highlight Katowice, the capital of the Upper Silesian Metropolitan Area, to the leading figures in world sport and to promote our region worldwide.
Katowice, with a population of over 2 million, is a city closely linked to sport. The Spodek arena was the venue of the World Volleyball Championships in 2014, when Poland won the gold medal. We hosted the European Handball Championships in 2016, and we have been a host city of the Tour de Pologne for the past nine years. Poland’s largest business event, the finals of the Intel Extreme Masters World Championship in e-sports, also takes place in Katowice. It is also worth noting that the UN Climate Summit (COP 24) was recently held here in December 2018, attended by close to 10,000 participants. This simply illustrates that Katowice has extensive experience and great potential for organizing prestigious international events.
The World Conference on Doping in Sport will be held in the heart of our city, the Culture Zone, which attracts hundreds of thousands of guests annually. The Zone is host to a superb offering of cultural, sports and business events, held within the outstanding architecture of the International Congress Centre, Spodek Sports and Entertainment Arena, Silesian Museum and the National Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra building, renowned as one of the best concert halls in the world.
Please accept our invitation to visit Katowice – a city that has a lot to offer.
Mayor of Katowice