POSTED: June 30th 2014

Lviv 2022 drops out of the 2022 Olympic bid race

Lviv old town with Dominican cathedral in the city center / Bigstock
Lviv old town with Dominican cathedral in the city center / Bigstock

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(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has released a statement that Lviv, Ukraine has withdrawn from the bidding to host the 2022 winter Olympic Games. The news comes just about a week before the IOC Executive Board meeting in Lausanne July 7-8 when they are set to shortlist the actual candidates. With only three cities in the running it is not likely that anyone will be eliminated to keep the vote more open.

Following meetings with IOC President Thomas Bach, the Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, and the President of the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of Ukraine, champion pole-vaulter Sergey Bubka, they decided that they would rather focus their campaign on 2026.

Due to the political unrest and economic circumstances the three agreed it was better to postpone.

Bach said, “The preliminary evaluation by the IOC’s working group found that the Lviv bid offered huge potential for future development.

“In my discussions with the Ukrainian Prime Minster and NOC President, we concluded that it would be extremely difficult to pursue the 2022 bid under the current circumstances, but that a future bid would make sense for Ukraine and Ukrainian sport.”

The Ukrainian Prime Minister brought up the fact that a new bid for 2026 could have a positive effect on the country and offer economic recovery as well as benefits to society.

IOC Executive Board member Sergey Bubka said, “We would like to thank the IOC very much for its help and understanding, as well as the great assistance that it has given to Ukrainian athletes from all parts of the country, both morally and financially.”

The 2022 bid race is now between Almaty, Kazakhstan, Beijing, China and Oslo, Norway. 

Keywords · Lviv 2022 · IOC · Olympics

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