Ukrainian president says his country on track with preparations for Euro 2012

15:49, 14 April 2008
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"Everything will be finished on time", -  Yushchenko

Ukraine`s preparations to co-host the 2012 European Championship are on track according to President Viktor Yushchenko, AP reports.

"I want to guarantee that Ukraine is working in accordance with scheduling and everything will be finished on time", Yushchenko said Monday.

Yushchenko said stadiums in the host cities of Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk will open later this year, while renovation works are under way at the Olympic stadium in Kiev — which will host the 2012 tournament final.

UEFA president Michel Platini has criticized Ukraine and co-host Poland for dragging their feet in preparations for the tournament, and warned both countries in February to avoid "critical slippage" in infrastructure projects.

Yushchenko also said that more than 100 upscale hotels are currently under construction to host fans.

Yushchenko`s comments came during a visit in Warsaw where he and Polish counterpart Lech Kaczynski signed a declaration on boosting the two countries` cooperation in preparing for the tournament.

The neighboring countries won the co-hosting bid a year ago, but have struggled to upgrade crumbling roads and stadiums, a legacy of the communist era.

The tournament will be the first major sporting event held in former communist Eastern Europe since the Moscow Olympics in 1980.

AP, International Herald Tribune

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