Ukraine Gets UEFA Boost Over Euro 2012 Hosting

KIEV, Ukraine -- UEFA has given Ukraine's latest efforts to be ready to co-host the 2012 European Championships with Poland their approval.

There had been concerns over delayed work to stadia and airports which had put Ukraine's position in jeopardy, leading to a possible Plan B of another country taking over.

A meeting of the Euro 2012 steering group was able to deliver good news for Ukraine who had been threatened with either Germany or Hungary taking over their place as co-hosts, with UEFA president Michel Platini telling them back in April they had two months to make changes.

UEFA said in a statement: "There is no reason for UEFA to look into alternatives - so-called 'Plan B' - if this plan is respected and delivered. There are, however, no signs at all that Kiev will not be in a position to host Euro 2012.''

The world financial crisis, political problems and severe winter weather had held up infrastructure work in Kiev, Donetsk, Kharkiv and Lviv.

Source: ESPN