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2011 | 19 | 199-214

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SPORT ADMINISTRATION IN POLAND DURING THE EDWARD GIEREK DECADE (Zarzadzanie sportem w Polsce w dekadzie Edwarda Gierka)


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Edward Gierek's team made efforts to try to reform the organizational structure of Polish sport. They intended to strengthen central administration of professional sport. Officially, a scheme of the reforms was to be prepared by the Party and Government Commission appointed by the Cabinet. A decision to establish such a commission was made by Secretarial Central Committee of the Polish United Workers' Party. However, before starting any work on this project, final results were already composed. They were prepared at the Polish United Workers Party's Central Committee's Propaganda Department. The appointment of a collegiate body was to look like an authentic and spontaneous activity of the people participating and working within its structure. After the end of the Olympic Games in Munich, a previous president of GKKFiT (General Committee for Physical Culture and Tourism), Wlodzimierz Reczek, was dismissed. E. Gierek's 'man ' was to administer the office and changes in sport. The office of GKKFiT's president was taken by an experienced party activist Boleslaw Kapitan. The first significant change was the establishment of Polish Sport Federation in 1973, which was to administer qualified sport. At the same time, similar to the times of Stalinism, a role of the Polish Olympic Committee was minimized. In 1974, Moscow was granted the right to organize the Olympic Games of 1980. Professional sport became a priority for the authorities. It was even emphasized in the very name of a new entity appointed in 1978 - General Committee of Physical Culture and Sport. Despite the fact that sport is contained only in the concept of physical culture, the authorities knowingly decided to include this word therein. In the same year, the Polish Sport Federation was abolished. GKKFiS (General Committee of Physical Culture and Sport) officials were to follow the Polish United Workers Party's directives.








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