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Lviv 2022 Olympic Bid Gets Government Support

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Following Lviv's announcement to bid for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, Ukraine National Olympic Committee President Sergey Bubka, speaking at the third Ukraine Sport Congress in Kyiv, explained that a successful Lviv bid would provide a great legacy for the region.

Bubka said, "our ambitions to host championships in Olympic sports and bid for the 2022 Winter Games correspond well with our nation's ambitions to continue opening ourselves to the world, to bring our kids to sport. We have resources, we have national support. We need to go forward".

He called it a historic moment for sport in Ukraine. Bubka said, "it would be a great investment for the region and create a huge legacy for winter sports and tourism.

"This is also a good opportunity to help winter sport in Ukraine because while we are strong in summer sports, we are not so strong (in) winter sport. But a Winter Games would change that and help create more top winter sport athletes in the area".

Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych guaranteed permanent governmental support for every sport activity as well as for infrastructure projects and declared his firm intention to put forward Lviv's bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics.

A unanimous vote was held expressing the intentions of athletes, sport institutions, partners and media to support Lviv's bid.

The Ukraine Sport Congress was attended by more than 500 participants, including all the national Olympic sports federations presidents, three dozen Olympic champions, NOC sponsors, media partners, and national and local government officials.

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