Lviv 2022 to meet IOC on Ukraine bid's future
By Karolos Grohmann
(Reuters) - The Lviv 2022 Winter Olympics bid team will meet the International Olympic Committee (IOC) "as soon as possible" to decide whether the troubled Ukrainian candidacy can meet its commitments as the country faces turmoil.
In a statement sent to Reuters, Lviv officials said the bid had essentially been put on hold ahead of the presidential elections in May as Russia moved to occupy parts of the country, including Crimea.
"We have agreed with the IOC that we will meet as soon as possible to discuss whether our bid is still able to fulfill our commitments, and to realize our dream of hosting the Olympic Winter Games, a dream that is now more important than ever," officials said.
Lviv is up against Beijing, Norway's Oslo, Kazakhstan's Almaty, and Krakow in Poland, with a shortlist of cities to be drawn up in July.
But the recent turmoil looks to have severely dented any chance the western Ukrainian city, which hosted soccer matches during Euro 2012, may have had.
"The Lviv 2022 bid committee, together with all interested stakeholders and parties, has done everything in its power to prepare a strong application file despite the difficult circumstances," the statement said.
"But our Olympic dream is currently on hold due to the current circumstances in Ukraine and at least until after the presidential elections on May 25.
"This is why the Lviv 2022 bid team has minimized its operations and suspended promotional and media activities until the successful solution of the current challenges facing Ukraine." Continued...