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Ukraine accelerates Winter Youth Olympics bid now targeting the 2028 edition


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Ukrainian officials have plotted a path to hosting the 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games that now includes a campaign to hold the 2028 Youth Olympic Winter Games. Earlier this year officials including Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Minister of Youth and Sports Vadym Huttsait said they were committed to a bid for the 2030 […]

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Lol, they'd be better served if they just went for the 2028 winter youth games, period, this time around. And then that perhaps being useful as a platform for a later adult Winter Olympic Games in 2034 (if there is no double now), but more likely, maybe 2038.

They're just trying to bite-off more than they can chew at this point, which seems ridiculous. Especially when they withdrew their 2022 winter Olympic bid due to Russian tensions. And guess what, the same thing is still happening with Russian aggression towards them. So protecting their borders should be TOP priority right now from these Ukrainian officials, instead of being so fanciful with all these silly Olympic bids. 

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I agree about the dipping toe in the water thing.  It gets initial exposure.  the youth games is NOT a bad idea, and Id say theyd have a pretty darn good shot at that.  it puts a pretty dang good credential on the resume for the future.  

But 2030 I have mixed feelings about, but if Sapporo and Vancouver drop off, and SLC wants 2034, watch out.  

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Lol "watch out". The thing is, the IOC doesn't have to be very desperate for 2030. They still have SLC, which actually wants 2030. It's the USOC that preferred 2034. But even as recently as a couple of weeks ago, it was reported that even they are starting to lean more towards 2030 (something tells me there that both the IOC & USOC are ready to strike a deal on 2030 if absolutely necessary). The IOC would have to be on a suicide mission to even touch the Ukraine right now.

All Zelenskyy wants the winter Olympics for, is for a vanity project, which would require massive investment (which many in the Ukraine already criticize, when their gov't tells them that they already have budget problems & paying back their creditors, but Olympic bids are of course practical), & negatively impacting environmentally sensitive land. But hey, what's a couple of dozen Billion for a winter party, when you're own people are struggling. 

 The Ukraine needs to take baby steps. Sure, try for the youth Olympics first (as redundant, useless & wasteful as they already are) for 2028, but 2032 would probably be better. And THEN try for the big version, in say 2038 or 2042. But trying to do both now, the youth & adult Winter Olympics back-to-back, is just wreckless for a country in such a dire economic & political predicament ATM. 

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