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Ukraine will compete for the Winter Olympics 2022 in the Carpathians

By November 14, Ukraine will submit to the International Olympic Committee a declaration of intention to held Winter Olympics 2022 in the Carpathians. Olympics may be held in Lviv, Tisovec (Lviv region) and Borzhava (Transcarpathian region).

According to the head of the organizing committee vice-premier Olexander Vilkul, the event should create new jobs in the region, and would improve the country's image.

"If we held the Games, it's a big plus for the Carpathians, tourism and the rise of winter sports suffering from a lack of bases - the Biathlon Federation president Vladimir Brynzak says. - We have no biathlon complex for international competitions, we cant hold them, although Ukrainian biathlon is #3 in the world rankings."

According to the Cabinet of Ministers calculations, estimate budget of the preparation for the Olympics may set 5 billion euros. It includes the construction of sports facilities, road transport and hotel infrastructure.

"Construction of facilities would begin only after the final decision of the IOC (31 July 2015) - source in the Cabinet explains. - By the way, pretty much the Committee will be guided by the opinion of the local people, if they want to host the Olympics or not. Next year secret sociological study on this issue will be held. IOC will public its verdict only when the results be done."

Carpathians may compete with Almaty (Kazakhstan), that already filed the formal application, Quebec (Canada), Toulouse (France) and Munich (Germany), the coordinator of the preparation of the application of Lviv for the Olympics-2022 Oleg Zasadny says.

Next March, applicant countries have to provide guarantee letters, and in July the IOC will public the short list of 3-5 candidates.

The idea to hold the 2022 Games came from the President Viktor Yanukovych at the beginning of 2010 - before the Olympics in Vancouver.

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