Ukraine's Top Euro 2012 Official Suffers Heart Attack

KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Boris Kolesnikov, the man in charge of preparations for Ukraine's joint hosting of Euro 2012, has suffered a heart attack, his spokesman said on Monday.

Boris Kolesnikov

"Today Kolesnikov was admitted to hospital where he was diagnosed with a heart attack and underwent an operation. He feels much better now," spokesman Yury Gromnitsky told RIA Novosti.

The official, who also serves as Ukraine's infrastructure minister, will remain out of action for two or three weeks, he also said.

The minister planned to visit Brussels on January 25 to hold a presentation of Ukraine's preparations for Euro 2012.

Ukraine's readiness to hold the 2012 tournament, which it is to share with Poland, has been a constant source of concern for UEFA.

UEFA chief Michel Platini earlier warned that Ukraine could lose its right to host the championship due to the slow pace of stadium construction in the capital, Kiev, where a number of the Euro 2012 matches, including the final, are to take place.

Besides the more rapid construction of sports facilities, UEFA wants Ukraine to improve its roads, assure sufficient accommodation for tournament guests and the proper operation of airports.

Source: RIA Novosti