Letters of Declaration signed for Lviv 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games
MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications
(SFC) The letters of declaration declaring Ukraine’s intent to Bid for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games were officially signed today by the Ukraine NOC President, Sergey Bubka and Lviv Mayor, Andriy Sadovyy at the XXVIII Ukraine NOC General Assembly in Kyiv.
Oleksandr Vilkul, the Head of Organizing Committee for preparation and submission of Ukraine’s Bid to the IOC and Vice-Prime-Minister of Ukraine said, "Our bid to host the 2022 Winter Games is based on the real need of the region. Forty-six million Ukrainians need more sports and tourism infrastructure in the Carpathian Mountains. Our athletes will be able to train at home and Ukrainians will be able to enjoy winter sports in our own country.”
He went on to express, "Lviv 2022 will leave a “human legacy” of new skills and experiences for athletes, coaches, referees, media and administrators of sport".
Ukraine NOC President, Sergey Bubka stated, "Ten years ago I could not imagine that I would witness a Ukrainian bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. This confirms the revival of Ukrainian sporting traditions, the development of winter sports and a new focus on the Olympic values. We are creating an opportunity for future generations to join the Olympic Movement and to give the world new Olympic champions.”
Lviv 2022 will entice tourists to discover the unique aspects of this fabled city the Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy expressed, "Our plans for Lviv 2022 fit seamlessly into the city’s and region’s longer-term development programme. Lviv is only 60 kilometers from the European Union and will attract millions in foreign investment, serving as a catalyst for Lviv tourism, transport and economic infrastructure development. The Bid creates new opportunities for the city’s rapid development.”
The Ukraine NOC General Assembly voted in favor of the Lviv bid, having made it the fourth vote in favor of the bid, which preceded the official signing ceremony. On October 16th, the Council of Regions unanimously supported the bid, then on October 22nd Lviv Regional Council approved the bid, on October 24th the Lviv City Council officially approved it. The bid to host the 2022 Winter Games will have an advantage of a full government commitment and will be united through the support of the sports community.
The official Opening and Closing Ceremonies would take place in the newly built Lviv Arena. The surrounding area will operate as the Olympic Park and house the Olympic Village, International Broadcast and Media Press Centers, along with the ice venues. Carpathians, which is located near the city of Lviv and is the geographical center of Europe, will host the Nordic skiing and alpine snow events. This all corresponds with the Lviv 2022 Games Concept.
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