Lubkivsky: too early to say which arenas will host EuroBasket 2015 matches
EuroBasket 2015 Tournament Director Markiyan Lubkivsky has said that it is currently too early to say which Ukrainian arenas will host the matches of the tournament.
"You have to take into account the fact that nearly two more years remain before the start of the competition," the press office of the EuroBasket 2015 local organizing committee quoted Lubkivsky as saying.
"Of course, we, as well as the Basketball Federation of Ukraine, have a preliminary vision of the distribution of games, but since none of the arenas has currently been built, and the schedule of matches has not been drawn up and approved by FIBA Europe, it's somewhat premature to say where the games will be held."
Lubkivsky said that the final tournament schedule would be drawn up at the end of 2014 after the final draw for EuroBasket 2015 is conducted, based on the construction readiness of the arenas, their compliance with the requirements of FIBA Europe, and the readiness of the teams.
"In accordance with the agreement on holding the tournament that was signed between the Basketball Federation of Ukraine, the EuroBasket 2015 International Olympic Committee and FIBA Europe, EuroBasket 2015 IOC has to sign lease agreements with the owners of all arenas in the six cities hosting the tournament, which will be the legal grounds for holding the matches at these arenas," Lubkivsky said.
As reported, on October 22, the multifunctional arenas of United Basketball Investments (UBI) that will be built in Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk and Lviv gained the status of official sites of the EuroBasket 2015 European Basketball Championship. According to a press release from UBI, Arena Kyiv will host the final game of EuroBasket 2015 Ukrainian businessman Ihor Kolomoisky owns UBI.
On December 18, 2011 Ukraine received the right to host the European Basketball Championship in 2015. Ukraine proposed hosting the championship in its largest cities - Kyiv, Odesa, Dnipropetrovsk, Donetsk, Lviv, Kharkiv and Ivano-Frankivsk.