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Ukrainian Ambassador: Beijing Olympics a "Learning Experience"
    2008-07-08 21:11:41     Xinhua

Ukraine could learn from China as it prepares to co-host the European Cup 2012, its ambassador to China, Sergei Alekseevich Kamyshev, said here on Tuesday.

Ukraine would not only be a participant in the 2008 Olympic Games but also a student, said the ambassador, who has been in China for four years, "China's experience in hosting such a large sports event as the Olympics will be helpful for my country. We will apply what is learned here in our preparation work for the next European Cup."

Ukraine and Poland were chosen to co-host the 2012 event in April last year.

Kamyshev suggested that experienced Chinese contractors seek work in his country, for there would be plenty of business opportunities during the preparation period.

To host the European event, Ukraine planned infrastructure projects including new stadiums, airports and highways.

China made great achievements in building the Olympics venues, he said. "I am very much impressed by those new buildings such as the 'Water Cube' and 'Bird's Nest'."

These remarkable examples of architecture showed that the country had outstanding engineers and contractors who could cooperate well with their foreign counterparts, he said. "This convinced me that Chinese workers could fulfill the tasks in my country."

When asked about the medals his country might win in the Olympics, Kamyshev said he did not want to dwell on the number but hoped that athletes from his country could perform well in events where they traditionally had an advantage, such as gymnastics, and make breakthroughs in other events.

At the last Olympics in Athens, Ukraine won nine gold medals, as well as five silver and nine bronze prizes, ranking 12th among the 202 participants.

It was expected to send a delegation of about 400 members to the Beijing Olympics including around 250 athletes, the Ukrainian National Olympic Committee said last month.



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