Adam Kszczot, Dorota Banaszczyk and Kajetan Duszyński - left to right - have been named as ambassadors of the Łódź 2022 European Universities Games ©EUSA

Polish athletes Dorota Banaszczyk, Kajetan Duszyński and Adam Kszczot have become official ambassadors of the European Universities Games 2022 which will be held in Łódź.

The trio, who are all current students or graduates of the Technical University of Łódź, will promote sport and education, physical activity and combining science with sport.

Duszyński won Olympic gold in the mixed 4x400 metres relay at Tokyo 2020, Kszczot is a three-time European 800m champion and Banaszczyk won a gold medal at the 2018 Karate World Championships.

Organisers hope that the appointment of the ambassadors will help to strengthen the competition's brand in the city.

It is set to be the largest university sport event in Poland since the 2001 Winter Universiade in Zakopane.

"I believe that this is an exceptional role, because in addition to being associated with the Lodz University of Technology, I am also a student-athlete," said Banaszczyk, who won the women's under-55-kilogram kumite world title in 2018 in Madrid.

"I think it is an important event for us, athletes, where we can present our best sides, skills, and at the same time integrate with students from all over Europe."

Kajetan Duszyński won a gold medal in the mixed 4x400m relay with Poland at Tokyo 2020  ©Getty Images
Kajetan Duszyński won a gold medal in the mixed 4x400m relay with Poland at Tokyo 2020  ©Getty Images

Volleyball players from the PGE Skra Bełchatów and ŁKS Commercecon teams will also be ambassadors.

The latter play in Łódź, with the former based in nearby Bełchatów.

"We will promote this event as best as we can," added Mateusz Bieniek from PGE Skra Bełchatów.

"We are glad that we have become ambassadors of such a large event, during which there will be as many as 20 disciplines, including volleyball."

The 2022 European Universities Games will be the fifth edition of the event after the 2021 competition set for Serbian capital Belgrade was cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.