Polish Winter Olympics team welcomed to Pyeongchang

Polish athletes set to take part in the Winter Olympics have been officially welcomed by their hosts in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Polish Winter Olympics athletes receive a welcome in Pyeongchang. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz MomotPolish Winter Olympics athletes receive a welcome in Pyeongchang. Photo: PAP/Grzegorz Momot

The ceremony, which featured the playing of the Polish national anthem, took place at a special square in the Olympic village.

“This welcome is a traditional, almost ritual, event at every Games, I think that today’s [welcome] was warm and joyous,” said the head of the Polish Olympic mission, Marzenna Koszewska.

The Pyeongchang Games start on Friday, with the first ski jumping medals up for grabs a day later.

Poland is sending a contingent of 62 athletes to the Pyeongchang Games, which run until February 25.

Poland was represented by 59 athletes at the Sochi Olympics four years ago.

Sports and Tourism Minister Witold Bańka has said it is realistic to expect that this time Polish athletes will bring home two to three medals.

Poland won six medals, four gold, one silver and one bronze, during the previous winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in 2014, Poland’s best Olympic Winter Games tally.

Bańka named ski jumping as Poland’s biggest chance of an Olympic medal at Pyeongchang.

Polish President Andrzej Duda and Bańka will both be in South Korea when the Games open on Friday, the PAP news agency has reported.

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Source: PAP

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