Klitschko sees Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy Stadium as venue for Eurovision 2017

20:57, 15 May 2016
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Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko says that Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy sports complex, which hosted the 2012 UEFA European Championship, could be a venue for the Eurovision song contest in 2017, according to the press service of Kyiv City State Administration.

Kyiv's Olimpiyskiy sports complex / Photo from dynamo-kiev.com

"Kyiv will host the Eurovision for the second time, and we'll do our best to ensure necessary preparations and hold the contest properly. We're about to start the preparations," the mayor said.

Klitschko stressed that the municipal authorities should focus on arranging suitable infrastructure and accommodation of contestants and guests. They should also work to ensure security in the Ukrainian capital, he said.

The 62nd Eurovision song contest will take place in Ukraine after Ukrainian singer Jamala won this year's competition with her entry "1944."

Read alsoJamala wins Eurovision 2016 song contestUkraine first hosted the Eurovision contest in 2005 after pop singer Ruslana's victory in 2004.

The 2005 competition was held in Kyiv's Palace of Sports.

Ruslana wrote on Facebook on Sunday, May 15, 2016, she would prefer the west Ukrainian city of Lviv as a venue for the song contest next year.

"In Europe, winner countries have a tradition of holding the Eurovision event in different cities, [they are] not always capitals. And I have a dream of seeing the Eurovision in my native Lviv!" she wrote.

Notorious Mayor of Odesa Hennadiy Trukhanov has already announced officially that Odesa claims to be a host city for the Eurovision next year.

"Our Odesa – a cosmopolitan, beautiful, European city rich in history and cultural traditions – may become a worthy place to hold such a prestigious contest," he said on Sunday.

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