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Krakow-Małopolska 2023 adds second mascot

The 2023 European Games has adopted a second mascot, “Sandra” the salamander, according to


“Krakusek”, a dragon had won a competition last week to be picked as the Krakow-Małopolska 2023 mascot.


The salamander design was a close second and has now been chosen to also be brought to life.


Gloria Goryk, a 10-year-old from Wojnicz, came up with the design.


They will now receive VIP tickets to the Krakow-Małopolska 2023 Opening and Closing Ceremonies, European Games gadgets and a personalized mascot as a reward – just as Krakusek designer Katarzyna Bista will.


Sandra is based on the fire salamander, which can be found in the Polish region hosting the third edition of the European Games.


The Organising Committee said there was a good juxtaposition between the salamander – a real animal – and a dragon, said in myth to live under Wawel Royal Castle in Kraków.


Having two mascots is also claimed to mesh with the motto “We are unity”.


Kraków-Małopolska 2023 is due to open on June 23 next year.


A programme of 25 sports has been confirmed, with organisers hoping wrestling could still be added.


Source: Azerbaijan State News Agency