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IOC President Bach welcomes Zelensky's plans to hold Olympics in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

IOC President also welcomed Ukraine's long term sports strategy for engaging its population and benefiting from the values of sport
10:11, 12 September 2021

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President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky shared with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach plans to hoid the Olympics in Ukraine. This was discussed during the meeting of Zelensky and Bach in Kyiv, according to the press service of the President of Ukraine.

"President Zelensky informed the IOC President that Ukraine is determined to become a host for the Olympic Winter Games and that Ukraine would therefore enter into the dialogue phase with the IOC and will send a delegation to the IOC headquarters in Lausanne as soon as possible," the message reads. 

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President Bach warmly welcomed the initiative, "given the great sports tradition of Ukraine, and after having seen a very impressive presentation of the most recent sports and sports infrastructure in the country."

Ukraine has always been a pillar of the Olympic Movement and the IOC President welcomed Ukraine's long term sports strategy for engaging its population and benefiting from the values of sport.

Last September, Minister of Youth and Sports of Ukraine Vadym Gutsait said that President Volodymyr Zelensky instructed him to start preparing the country for the Olympics.

And the head of the President's Office Andriy Yermak said that Ukraine plans to participate in the competition to host the Olympic Games in 2028 or 2030.

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