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Ukraine to Bid for the 2022 Olympic Games

28. May 2010 by Gregg 0 Comments

2014’s Winter Olympic Games will be held in Sochi, Russia, the first time the country has hosted the Winter Games since 1980. While the 2018 games’ host is currently being chosen (cities in France, Germany and South Korea being the bidders for that event), Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovich has suggested holding the 2022 Winter Olympics in the Carpathian Mountain area of his country.

Making the announcement at a council meeting in the city of Lviv, President Yanukovich suggested the region of Bukovina as the staging ground for the event. Bukovina is a historical region, with tribal origins reaching back to the 14th century. Over the centuries is has been considered a part of both Moldava and of the Romanian kingdom and today parts of it are governed by Ukraine and others by Romania.

Ukraine has never held an Olympic event on their own before, although some games from 1980’s Moscow Olympics were played in Kiev. The UEFA European Football championship will be held jointly in Ukraine and Poland in 2012 and while Ukraine has come under fire from UEFA officials for their lack of readiness, they have gone a long way to improve the upgrading of their infrastructure. Questions many would have to ask are whether Ukraine would be ready for such a huge event only ten years after Euro 2012. President Yanukovich seems to believe that it would and has announced they will begin working on their official nomination.