Lviv City Council Approves 2022 Winter Bid

Interfax reports that the Lviv City Council approved a program Thursday to prepare a bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.

Under the program, documents will be prepared that meet the demands of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as well as a concept for building sport facilities, support for the Olympic and Paralympic movement in Ukraine, and an information campaign to promote Lviv as a possible candidate.

The director of the Euro 2012 departments of Lviv City Council, Andry Moskalenko, is quoted as saying, “for Lviv to host an Olympics will take a jump to completely change (our) infrastructure and to achieve a new level”.

He stressed that hosting Euro 2012 matches in Lviv would be an impetus for the economy and the promotion of the city.

He added, “in the last three years the city created about 10,000 new jobs – last year 1.4 million tourists visited Lviv, and by the end of 2013 this number will be 1.6 to 1.9 million of tourists. This was a new stage through which we got a new stadium and a new airport”.