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Ukraine given all clear for 2012 European Championship

UEFA testing has shown that Ukraine is ready to co-host the 2012 European Championship with Poland, reports euFootball.BIZ UEFA did not see any signs to cause concern about Kyiv's commitment. The next evaluation is scheduled for September said the deputy prime minister Boris Kolesnykov.

"Everything is in the hands of Poland and Ukraine, and we should work, work and work."

This meeting was crucial as the Euro 2012 steering group and UEFA president Michel Platini had said in April that Ukraine would risk the losing the rights to host if things were not on track. Now Ukraine has specific targets

"spread between now and summer 2011," says a UEFA statement and adds, "There is no reason for UEFA to look into alternatives - so-called 'Plan B' - if this plan is respected and delivered."

Poland is hosting in Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw and Ukraine in Kyiv, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv.

But the infrastructure strengthening in the Ukrainian cities has been slow because of a combination of factors including poor weather conditions and financial difficulties.

Now things appear back on track as UEFA said, "There are, however, no signs at all today that Kyiv will not be in a position to host Euro 2012." Euro 2012 is scheduled for June 8th through July 1st and will involve 31 matches between 16 teams.

Kolesnykov, who has the responsibility for the tournament in Ukraine, said, "I will be happy when the final match is played in Kyiv. And even happier when all our citizens in the four cities will be seeing the matches."

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