«To tell the truth, as Mayor I am very excited that for 2018 Kyiv is Europe's football capital. Ukraine capital city will have UEFA Champions League final for the first time,» announced Klitschko at the ceremony.
«Welcoming this high-profile sporting event is very important to us. As a former professional athlete and mayor of the Ukrainian capital city whose goal is to transform Kyiv into a true sports city, I am very conscious that sport knows no boundaries and has the power to change the world,» emphasized Vitali Klitschko.
Kyiv UEFA Champions League Final ambassador, a top football player and the current Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko participated at the draw ceremony. He helped UEFA officials decide the semi-final line-up for the last four matches.
After the ceremony Andriy Shevchenko pointed out, that the Champions League final is of great importance for both Ukraine and Kyiv. «This is a great responsibility to host such high-profile sporting events. We will represent our country and its capital city. I hope, such world-class football event, which will take place in Kyiv for the first time, will boost both the Ukrainian football and Ukrainian sports,» said Champions League Final ambassador and the current Ukrainian national team coach Andriy Shevchenko.
Besides, in Nyon Vitali Klischko had a meeting with UEFA officials, in particular with UEFA Events SA CEO Martin Kallen, where organizational and logistical aspects of hosting the venue were discussed.
The ceremony was watched by millions of viewers worldwide, including Ukraine.
Over 100 thousand of fans are expected to attend the final game which will be played at the Olimpiysky stadium in Kyiv on May 26. The City plans to set up some fan zones to accommodate the large numbers of visitors.
In his speech Vitali Klitschko pointed out, that Kyiv is a dynamic contemporary European city, rich in opportunities and talented people, and bursting with sporting and recreational activities. The City is looking forward to this year's final and offers a warm welcome to football players as well as everyone visiting to watch the game.
«Our city has both centuries-old history and its own special vibes. And I hope, all visitors will appreciate our famous candour, sense of humour and our traditions of hospitality,» noted the mayor, «Kyiv is a staggeringly beautiful city, especially in spring, in May! So all our guests will enjoy the most exciting UEFA Champions League final yet and a wonderful stay in our city. You are always welcome in Kyiv! Welcome to 2018 Europe's football capital!» said Vitali Klitschko.