Deputy Prime Minister Urges Ukraine Regions to Prepare Bid for 2022 Olympics

Ukrainian Radio reported Tuesday that Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Vilkul is asking officials in the regions of Ivano-Frankivsk, Zakarpattia, Lviv and Chernivtsi to prepare bids for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

“Such a global competition as the Olympic Games and preparations for them are a real change for the country and the regions to improve infrastructure, create new jobs and improve the country’s international image,” Vilkul said.

“The regions should use this chance.”

A week ago Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych signed a decree on hosting the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games. Last year a feasibility study on hosting the Games was initiated.

Vilkul was appointed the chairman of the organizing committee on preparing a bid for the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to obtain the right to host the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Ukraine in 2022.

If Ukraine puts forward a bid, it will face campaigns from Munich, Oslo, a joint Poland and Slovakia effort and possibly Stockholm. November 14 is the deadline for applications to be submitted to the IOC.