European cities interested in applying for the ACES Europe Award for European Capital of Sports – 2023 have until March 31, 2019 to submit a letter of intent from their mayors announcing the entry of their bids.
So far, there have been three candidacies for European Capital of Sport for 2023, namely UK’s Glasgow, Italy’s Genova and Ukraine’s Kryvyi Rih.
ACES Eupope’s President, Mr. Gian Francesco Lupatelli commented: “Every year, the European Capital of Sport Award recognises cities’ commitment to an active lifestyle and promotes sport among Europe’s population. We are delighted to be part of this process and to the continuation of the European legacy in sports.”
The European Capital of Sports Award, which is recognised by the European Commission in the 2007 White Paper on Sport, has been awarded to cities around Europe since 2001. It recognises a city for its sports policies, initiatives, infrastructure and citizen involvement in the field. Being awarded brings cities international recognition, high visibility and a confirmation of the value of the awarded city’s sports policies, as well as investment opportunities and a lasting legacy.
The award is managed by the European Capitals and Cities of Sport Federation – ACES Europe, a private non-profit association based in Brussels, which awards every year the recognitions of European Capital, City, Community and Town of Sport. The allocation of these recognitions is based on the principles of responsibility and ethics, being aware that sport is a factor of aggregation of the society, improvement in the quality of life, psycho-physical well-being and complete integration within social classes in the community. In addition, ACES Europe is an official partner of the European Commission in the European Week of Sport.