The City Council of Lviv, western Ukraine, has approved a program to prepare a bid for hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics, the city council's press service reported on Friday.
The program includes preparation of documents required by the International Olympic Committee, elaboration of a concept for building sport facilities, and an information campaign to promote Lviv as a possible candidate host. Andriy Moskalenko, a member of the city council, told reporters that the privilege of hosting the Winter Olympics, if granted to Lviv, would boost tremendous changes in the local infrastructure. Referring to the successful example of the European football championship last year, when Lviv was one of the Ukrainian host cities, Moskalenko said that 10,000 jobs were created, a new stadium and a new airport were built, and almost one and a half million tourists visited the city. "Lviv has really become a popular tourist destination. This year, nearly two million tourists have visited the city," Moskalenko said.