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Opinion: Ukraine doesnt have a decent Palace of Sports to host Eurobasket 2015 matches
Dec 23 2011, 17:45

ODESA, DECEMBER 23rd, 2011, CONTEXT-PRICHERNOMORIE Odesa Regional State Administration Chief for Sports and Physical Training Yuriy Povolotskyi says Ukraine doesnt have a decent Palace of Sports to host Eurobasket 2015 matches, Context-Prichernomorie correspondent reports.

Mr Povolotskyi expressed this opinion today, 23 December, during the final board approval of the Office of the best athletes, coaches, teams of the year.

Ukraine has been awarded the right to host Eurobesket 2015 all countries have refused. We in Ukraine do not have a sports palace suitable for holding such events. A palace of sport must have at least six thousand spectators capacity for the quarter-final and semi-final matches, the requirement for the final is 10 thousand people. Thus far we do not have such a palace. In the city of Yuzhny there is a wonderful palace of sports, but its capacity is only half a thousand spectators. It can be used only for training. So, naturally, Odesa Palace of Sports will have to be done. The tempo should be increased there isnt too much time, said the Head of the Office.

The Palace requires reconstruction, major reconstruction. This is a huge amount of money, without any comparison, but there are promises to support process from the state budget, the rest will be done at the expense of the local budgets, said the official.


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