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Finn and Shylko become EURO friends

Published: Friday 11 March 2011, 17.30CET
A record-setting globetrotter and a well-known radio presenter have been presented as Ukraine's latest Friends of UEFA EURO 2012 following a ceremony in Kyiv on Friday.
by Ivan Dyvak
from Kyiv
Finn and Shylko become EURO friends
Fred Finn is confident Ukraine will put on a good show next summer ©LOC EURO 2012 Ukraine
 
Published: Friday 11 March 2011, 17.30CET

Finn and Shylko become EURO friends

A record-setting globetrotter and a well-known radio presenter have been presented as Ukraine's latest Friends of UEFA EURO 2012 following a ceremony in Kyiv on Friday.

The world's most-travelled man, Fred Finn, and one of Ukraine's best-known radio presenters, Pavlo Shylko, have been unveiled as the country's latest Friends of UEFA EURO 2012.

Finn, born in Britain but now a Ukrainian resident, spoke of his pride at the nomination and said his adopted nation would make an excellent co-host for next summer's tournament. "I want UEFA EURO 2012 visitors to return home recalling the beautiful time they spent in Ukraine and how well the tournament was organised," said Finn, who earned his place in the Guinness World Records after 52 years of travelling, during which he has reportedly clocked up more than 24m kilometres.

"Visitors will be impressed by the beauty of the country and the hospitality of its people," the renowned globetrotter continued. "I'm sure they will feel like coming back again and again to experience the incredible Ukrainian culture."

Meanwhile, Pavlo Shylko, who also goes by the name of DJ Pasha, expressed his excitement at being named in the group. "The EURO will be the biggest sporting event ever hosted by Ukraine," the popular celebrity said. "I am excited to be among the chosen 50."

Last updated: 11/03/11 19.11CET

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