Vitali Klitschko comments on UEFA Euro 2012: It will change Ukraine, we will be ready!

15 Dec

Petra Kirsch – Gelsenkirchen

The WBC heavyweight champion of the world, Vitali Klitschko, is a believer in the saying that sport can change the planet and has claimed that this will be particularly true next summer, when Ukraine – along with Poland – co-host the illustrious football tournament; the UEFA Euro 2012 championship. Klitschko also countered claims his nation does not have the infrastructure in place to stage the three-week event: “We are ready!” He insisted.

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The Euro 2012 logo in one of Ukraine's host cities; Kharkiv. Credit: Petar Milosevic

The European Football Championship will be in it’s 14th edition between June and July, 2012 but, for the last time, will be involve 16 participant nations before it’s 2016 expansion. Some of the best national sides in world soccer will vie for the 2012 crown including: defending Euro titlists and current World Cup holders Spain, technically-gifted but perpetual underachievers – the Netherlands, the youthfully exuberant and consistency of Germany and a resurgent and new-look England, as well as 12 others.

The decision to hold the 2012 event in Poland and Ukraine was not without criticism, especially for the latter, whom found it arduous raising funds to build and nurture the necessary infrastructure whilst also experiencing delays in the renovation of key arena; the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv. In the past couple years, however, and in the words of UEFA head Michel Platini: “Ukraine has made sudden progress”.

Such statements have been ratified by Vitali Klitschko, who struggled to hold back his excitement when confirming to CNN: “There were big discussions in Ukrainian society, everyone was talking about it. Right now we don’t doubt. Everything will be ready. The infrastructure for stadiums and hotels, everything is already done, and we wait for guests from all around the world to say – ‘Welcome to Ukraine.'”

Klitschko, the leader of the Ukrainian Democratic Alliance for Reform – a popular party in Kyiv, believes Euro 2012 will provide a fundamental boost for Ukraine’s European aspirations: “It’s our chance to show the whole world we are a European country, with our mentality [and] with our history. With sport we are also a European country. We have to make a lot of change in Ukraine [such as] life standards, and we will not automatically be a European country.

“There is a famous saying that sport helps to change the world, and Euro 2012 will help to change Ukraine,” the 40-year-old concluded.

Klitschko, who enjoyed a sterling 2011 having trumped Odlanier Solis by way of first round stoppage prior to taking on and beating down Tomasz Adamek in brutal fashion, has also appeared as a long overdue pound-for-pound favourite. He returns to the ring looking to enhance his 43-2-0, 40ko record by defeating England’s game heavyweight contender Dereck Chisora at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany on February 18, 2012.

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