Krakow confirmed to host 2023 European Games

              Fireworks explode above the stadium during the opening ceremony of the Second European Games in Minsk, Belarus, Saturday, June 22, 2019. The event will run from June 21 to June 30. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

MINSK, Belarus (AP) — The Polish city of Krakow has been confirmed as the host of the 2023 European Games.

It was the only bidder after a Russian plan to hold the games in Kazan fizzled out.

It will continue the European Games’ run of being hosted in Eastern European countries after Azerbaijan held the inaugural event in 2015 and the 2019 event opened in Belarus on Friday.

Krakow, which will have some venues in the surrounding Malopolska region, was a late replacement for the city of Katowice as Poland’s host candidate.