Yevhen Vinskiy, deputy head of the National Agency for Hosting Euro-2012, claims that, when he said that the country had stopped about 80 percent of its preparations for hosting the tournament due to an ongoing financial crisis, he meant only hotels infrastructure.
“I would like to stress that these words were said at a meeting with developers of the hotels infrastructure. We really paid visits, I have corresponding reports on Dnipropetrovsk, and the stadium there had already been built, as well as other objects, but when it comes up to hotels – “works are not fulfilled”, he said in an exclusive comment to UNIAN.
“Unfortunately, my words that as if the country almost totally stopped its preparations to hosting the tournament were torn off the context of the dialog, which was carried out within frames of the meeting”, he said.
He stressed that, except for hotels, all other spheres of preparation raise no concern.
As UNIAN reported earlier, new Polish FA president Grzegorz Lato said on Thursday that
Poland could stage Euro 2012 with Germany if co-hosts Ukraine have problems with preparations. Lato, elected head of the PZPN earlier in the day, added that Poland was also ready to host the tournament on its own. Earlier, Polish state news agency PAP quoted a Ukrainian official from the National Agency for Euro 2012 saying the country had stopped about 80 percent of its preparations for hosting the tournament due to an ongoing financial crisis.
After two visits by UEFA president Michel Platini, European soccer`s governing body last month upheld the right of Ukraine to keep the tournament subject to strict monitoring.