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Georgia has filed an application for the European Championship in football in 2020 Featured

 Georgia has filed an application for the European Championship in football in 2020

On May, 14 Georgia filed a formal request to the UEFA to adopt the European football championship in 2020 - said the minister for Sport and Youth Affairs Lado Vardzelashvili and president of the Football Federation of Georgia Zviad Sichinava.

Turkey has already expressed a wish to the official bid to host the championship in 2020 and on May, 15 has been alleging that Scotland, Wales and Ireland are also going to apply.

 

President Saakashvili during his visit to Baku in March, said that Tbilisi and Baku agreed to submit a joint bid to host the championship in both Georgia and Azerbaijan, but soon after this statement the Azerbaijani side has hinted that such a possibility is unlikely, since it was assumed that Baku focused on the adoption of the 2020 Olympic Games at home.

 

"Azerbaijan has applied to host the Olympics, so we jointly agreed that Azerbaijan will continue to fight for the Olympics, and Georgia will fight no matter the occasion of the European Championship in 2020," - said Vardzelashvili.

According to him, only "participation" and "desire" to hold in Georgia European Championship, "will give us in Georgia a very wide process of construction that ultimately will be useful to Georgian football." According to Vardzelashvili, this year in Batumi will begin construction of the ultra-modern stadium and besides, is planned construction of new stadiums in Gori, Zugdidi and Ozurgeti.

 

According to him, is also planned fundamental reconstruction of the existing stadiums in Tbilisi and Kutaisi.

The National Stadium of Boris Paichadze designed for 55,000 spectators, and the Stadium of Michael Meskhi for 25 000 spectators. And in the stadium in Kutaisi is estimated for 18 000 spectators.

 

In connection with the requirements of the European football championship in 2020 relatively to the stadiums, the host country at least must have two stadiums with a capacity of 50 000 people and three stadiums with a capacity of 40 000 people and four stadium with 30,000 seats.

 

"We are ready to consider all of these requirements and recommendations of the UEFA that are needed to organize such a major event," – is said in a letter that was sent to the Football Federation of Georgia to Secretary General of the UEFA.

 

This year European football championship is held in Poland and Ukraine, and "Euro 2016" - in France. The host country of "Euro-2020" will be determined, presumably, at the end of 2013 or in the beginning of 2014.

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