The first large-scale presentation by Ukraine of the state of the implementation of the plan of preparations for the EuroBasket 2015 European Basketball Championship took place at a meeting of the FIBA Europe Executive Committee in Dubrovnik, Croatia, on March 16-17.
“While addressing the participants in the meeting, President of the Basketball Federation of Ukraine (BFU) Oleksandr Volkov said that Ukraine would fulfill all of its obligations related to the holding of EuroBasket 2015. According to him, this has been repeatedly emphasized by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and the leadership of the Ukrainian government. Volkov said he was confident that participation in the project of experienced and energetic officials, particularly those who prepared [Ukraine] for Euro 2012 was an important pillar of our joint success,” the press service of the local organizing committee on preparations for EuroBasket 2015 reported.
The head of the organizing committee, Markiyan Lubkivsky, presented the state of preparations for the tournament.
He said in his presentation that the strategy of the tournament was based on the involvement of six Ukrainian cities, four of which have experience in Euro 2012, and that their infrastructure and accommodation capacities meet EuroBasket’s operational requirements.
According to the director of the tournament, EuroBasket 2015 has become a key national project.
Lubkivsky also briefed members of the executive committee on the course of organizational and preparatory work related to the construction and reconstruction of arenas in Ukraine.
President of DeVision Dmytro Buriak, who was a member of the Ukrainian delegation, in particular, presented the process of the construction of a new arena in Kyiv, which will host the final stage of the tournament.
“The members of the FIBA Europe Executive Committee approved Ukraine’s report and soon await the projects of arenas for examination regarding their compliance with FIBA standards on the holding of EuroBasket tournaments. The detailed schedules for the construction of arenas should also be passed to FIBA Europe headquarters,” reads the statement.
As reported, on December 18, 2011 Ukraine received the right to host the European Basketball Championship in 2015. Ukraine proposed hosting the championship in its largest cities, including Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.