This was the message voiced by Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister, Olexandr Vilkul while on working trip to Kharkiv Region today. Together with the First Deputy Chairman of the Regional Council, Olena Oleshko, deputy heads of the Regional State Administration, Igor Shurma and Yevgen Savin, Deputy Mayor, Igor Terekhov, Olexandr Vilkul visited the construction site of the multifunctional "Kharkiv Arena" where he talked to journalists. 

"The construction will provide an opportunity to create new jobs, both temporary during the construction and constant for servicing the infrastructure," Olexandr Vilkul noted. "Eurobasket will become a powerful impetus for the development of children's and youth sports, and will also help popularise healthy lifestyle among the public.

"More and more Kharkiv is becoming not just an educational, industrial, and intellectual but also a sporting centre of Ukraine. You cannot but notice successes of Kharkiv athletes. 'Metalist' brilliantly played in Ukraine's football championship; 'Lokomotyv' mini-football club became Ukraine's champions. Kharkiv sportswoman Olena Voronina is the world champion in fencing while Anna Ushenina is the world chess champion. Kharkiv's young basketball players are successfully competing at the European basketball championship in Kiev now. Traditionally strong is Kharkiv's 'Lokomotyv' volleyball club. Kharkiv has powerful long-standing sporting traditions." 

The Vice Premier noted that the construction of new sports facilities for Eurobasket-2015 will give a new impetus for the city's development while the sports school for young Kharkivites will provide future athletes with new opportunities.

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