Kiev, May 30: Eugenia Tymoshenko, the daughter of jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko, has said that Euro 2012 football tournament should be held in the country as planned.
European leaders have said they will boycott matches played in Ukraine in protest against the treatment meted out to Yulia Tymoshenko in jail.
Eugenia said that she understood the political boycott of the games, but added that sports events should go on.
“We understand the political boycott of European leaders, who protect the rule of law, who respect human rights, who cannot go there and shake Yanukovych’s hand,” the BBC quoted Eugenia as saying.
“But I think sports events should go on … My mother, when she was in government, fought for the right to host this championship in Ukraine,” she added.
Yulia Tymoshenko had played an important role during the pro-Western Orange Revolution in 2004.
She said that her imprisonment was an act of political revenge by Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.
Authorities have, however, rejected Tymoshenko’s allegations. She was jailed for seven years for abuse of power during her prime ministership. (ANI)