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Ukraine’s Euro 2012 Readiness Improves

13. May 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

Borys Kolesnikov, Ukrainian Politician and 50th richest man in the world has been placed in charge of Ukraine’s readiness for the UEFA Euro 2012 Soccer games. His new role in the proceedings is to oversee the construction of infrastructure and ensure that the delays which have placed the country’s role in hosting their half of the games in jeopardy are resolved quickly.

He has recently announced that the Olympiysky national sports complex under construction in Kyiv would be ready by July 2011 and that the delays which promised to hold up the opening had been reduced from 5 months to 4. State officials suggested that the UEFA would be impressed in the progress the city had been making in the upgrade of its infrastructure. A hold-up in the construction of a stadium in Lviv has also been resolved after the construction team that built Donetsk’s Donbass Arena signed on to complete the new arena  and it has been promised the Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych will inspect the construction site at the end of the month.

It has been widely speculated that the UEFA European Championship would have to be moved out of Ukraine due to the delays. Co-host country Poland have cited their readiness to take on the whole event but have frequently stated their preference that both they and Ukraine co-host. Others have suggested that Ukraine’s games could be moved to other neighboring countries such as Germany. UEFA President Michel Platini recently said that the UEFA believes that Ukraine will finish its construction in time and that while they are prepared, they “do not have a Plan B” for the events.