Odessa and Dnipro shouldn’t be celebrating just yet, it seems. Ukrainian broadcaster NTU say Kyiv is still in the running for the chance to be the Eurovision 2017 host city. This comes after we reported earlier today on comments made by a Ukrainian MP that Kyiv had been deemed incapable of hosting the contest by the decision committee.
In a statement, Alexander Harebin, the deputy general of NTU, has said that all three cities left in the race — Kyiv, Odessa and Dnipro — are still valid choices. Mr. Harebin also accused the MP, Borislav Bereza, of putting out false information about the city’s infrastructure and capabilities of hosting the contest. The NTU statement also points out that Kyiv’s only issue is the same that is causing trouble with the other bids: namely, there is no completed suitable arena in any.
NTU still have not confirmed when the host city decision will be made, after the initial postponement. The selection committee has been appraising the re-submitted bids by the three remaining cities. It was through this that it was believed that Kyiv had been eliminated.
As we noted earlier, Mr. Bereza was indeed the losing candidate in the Kyiv Mayoral election. His statement claiming that Kyiv was out of the running also had some barbed comments towards the man who defeated him (and current Mayor of Kyiv), Vitali Klitschko. It seems that Mr. Bereza’s sources on this matter weren’t quite so accurate, and there were no political points to be scored after all. Or there may be some truth to this still and NTU just aren’t in a position to actually announce the real winner, but want to spare Kyiv’s blushes.
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