MINSK, 11 February (BelTA) – The Ukrainian government does not rule out that Ukraine and Belarus may submit a joint bid to host the Olympic Games, Ukraine's Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said at a meeting held on 11 February to discuss the preparations of Ukrainian athletes for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, RBC-Ukraine informs.
“The idea deserves an in-depth study. The government is looking into the situation from different points of view and will put forward a concept to our partners if the initiative can be implemented in the new future. This is an important and responsible image-building step. Such large-scale projects contribute to the renewal of the country's infrastructure, strengthen its tourist appeal and national prestige worldwide,” the Ukrainian PM said.
Oleksiy Honcharuk gave instructions to study Belarus' best practices in the organization of the 2nd European Games and also the experience of the European countries that hosted the Olympics Games. He also instructed to work out an action plan in line with the requirements of the International Olympic Committee.
In July 2019, Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky gave instructions to launch the country's preparations for the Olympics bid. In September 2019, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko suggested co-hosting the Olympic Games with Ukraine or Russia. In his words, Ukraine has football infrastructure facilities, which Belarus lacks.