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May 31, 2012   
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Sport is a fascinating phenomenon. It’s an arena where passion mingles with politics and hard-nosed business interests. It’s a melting pot containing a hefty dose of ambition and a dash of sporting spirit, laced with an admixture of brute force and a soupcon of bribery. That’s true of sport in general and particularly true of football. And the great football fiesta is now upon us.

The European soccer championships are the world’s third-largest sporting event. They are also the first event of this magnitude to be held in Poland and in Ukraine. That’s a cause for celebration.

For countries like Poland, more so than for the likes of Austria or Germany, the championships are a spur to progress and a chance to accelerate development, with the emotional excitement generated by the tournament lending extra impetus.

Without the championships, the pace of change here would have been far slower. Some projects wouldn’t have gotten off the ground at all. Poland may have only carried out 80 percent of its planned championship-related projects, but it has achieved a great deal.

All eyes are now on Poland and Ukraine. Let the games begin.
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