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  • 2. Wrocław [the meeting place]THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017
  • 3. W roclaw is a unique place where characters, cultures and historiesof great nations have been meeting forhundreds of years. It is a place where the pastmingles with dynamic economic growth andhard work with the joy of everyday life. It  isan amazing combination of historic eventswhich gave Wroclaw its shape and madea  famous historian, Norman Davies callthe city a “Microcosm”. Wroclaw is located at the Oder, which isdivided into dozens of arms and canals. Theirshores are connected by over a hundredof  bridges. We believe that every shore canbe connected. This is the reason why Wroclawis called the meeting place. Our city is located in the heart of Europe,in the south –western part of Poland. Within350 km from Wroclaw there are 5 Europeancapital cities. Thanks to a modern airportand developed transport infrastructure,thousands of people from all over the worldmeet here. We are open to all the guests,as  each meeting is of new importance andvalue.
  • 4. Wrocław [the world games]THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017
  • 5. I n January 2012 Wroclaw was granted the   honor to organize the 10th, anniversaryedition of the World Games in 2017. We arehappy that thanks to Wroclaw, the event will,after 12   years, again be organized on the oldcontinent, as a  great sports and organizationevent. We are convinced that it will beunforgettable for the inhabitants of Wroclaw. Before making attempts to apply forthe  host of the event, we had been wonderinghow to  show to the inhabitants of Wroclawthat active way of  spending their leisure timeis equally important as their professionaldevelopment. We arrived at the point wherewe had to pose a  question – what will allowthe city to sustain the tempo of its economicdevelopment. The answer was the organizationof the World Games. It will be a continuation of a long-termstrategy for development of the Wroclawcommunity. Apart from great events, we alsoorganize a range of activities directly aimedat our inhabitants, which encourage activerecreation. Our aim is to make the World Games combinethe publicity of a great event with a  varietyof  programs directed at sports fans whowill gather in Wroclaw in 2017. In this way wecan easily show that sport is not only a greatspectacle but everyone can try to be activein  the way the best athletes in the world are.
  • 6. Wrocław [city of sport] THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017
  • 7. S port is very important in the lives of   the   inhabitants of Wroclaw.It is not only because of the organizationof  great sport events, but also due to specialprograms aimed at increasing sport activityof the inhabitants. The healthy lifestyle trend makesthe  residential areas and parks fill withpeople who spend their leisure time actively.Owing to this fact, a lot of medalists of theOlympic Games and the World Games comefrom Wroclaw. All these activities receive the supportof   municipal and private investment.For   the   UEFA Euro 2012TM the city hasbuilt a stadium for 43,000 people wherethe  new Polish Football Champion WKS ŚląskWroclaw play their matches. Last year themultifunction Centennial Hall was renovatedand for the purpose of the World Games,the  building of a new Olympic size swimmingpool is being planned. In areas at the Oder there is the OlympicStadium Complex with a stadium adaptedto speedway races and facilities for beachsports. The city holds big sports eventon  a  regular basis. Apart from the upcomingthe UEFA Euro 2012TM, Wroclaw held, amongother events: the final of the Eurobasket,the Acrobatic World Championshipsand  the  Great Boxing Gala with Adamek –Kliczko fight at the  Wroclaw Stadium
  • 8. Wrocław [city of the future] THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017
  • 9. W roclaw, together with its whole agglomeration has over a millioninhabitants with one of the lowest medianage and, at the same time, with oneof  the  highest education ratio in  Poland. Manyyears of investments in the  infrastructureand  in  modern technologies bring results– young specialists with their families areconstantly coming to Wroclaw to find betterpossibilities of development. Over 140,000 students gain new skillsat  Wroclaw universities every day. Thanksto a well functioning University of Technologyin Wroclaw, there are a lot of specialistsand   a   lot of world corporations basedon  modern technologies and services, suchas LG, Google, Toshiba, HP, Credit Suisseor Toyota have opened their centers here. This is because modern technologiesreceive the necessary support in Wroclawand the city together with the authoritiesof   the region and local university centershave developed a dynamically developingWroclaw Research Center EIT+. The inhabitants of Wroclaw can lookinto the future with confidence. Despiteturmoil in  the global economy, the localGDP is  growing at  the level of 6.8 – 12.5%on an  annual basis. The aging of the societydoes not concern our city as the median ageof the inhabitants is at a relatively low level,which makes investors feel safe in Wroclaw.
  • 10. Wrocław [meeting place]THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017
  • 11. D ue to its convenient location in Europe, Wroclaw has fantastic perspectivesfor  development. The experience of the past,as well as its current economic possibilitiesmake it worth spending the time in our city,it is just good to live here. In the coming years, there will be a lotof  occasions to meet in Wroclaw: • 2012 - UEFA Euro 2012 • 2014 - FIVA Volleyball World Championships • 2016 – European Capital of Culture • 2017 - The World Games Feel invited to Wroclaw already today.The guests will be able to see the ongoingpreparations to the World Games 2017 anda unique atmosphere of the city. We are opento all nationalities and cultures, to modernityand tradition, which is what creates thegenius loci of the meeting place. In 2017 thousands of sportspeople, VIPs,journalists and fans will come to our city.For almost two weeks Wroclaw will experiencepure emotions connected to sport at itshighest level. It is worth feeling them alreadytoday.
  • 12. THE WORLD GAMES WROCŁAW 2017 Municipality of Wrocław Mayor’s Office Sukiennice 9, 50-107 Wrocław tel. +48 71 777 82 80 fax. +48 71 777 77 69 e-mail: bpr@um.wroc.pl www.worldgames2017.pl Photos:G. Gołębiowski, G. Grycner, M. Kulczyński, W. Jurewicz, K. Szymoniak, T. Woźny