POSTED: September 28th 2015

Olympics: Budapest 2024 gets a boost from oldest living Olympian water polo champion Sandor Tarics

Water Polo gold medal winner Sandor Tarics recently celebrated his 102nd birthday and is known as the oldest living Olympian / MTI Kovacs Aniko
Water Polo gold medal winner Sandor Tarics recently celebrated his 102nd birthday and is known as the oldest living Olympian / MTI Kovacs Aniko

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Hungarian champion Olympian, Sandor Tarics, stands up to support the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid to host the Summer Games. Budapest is currently in a race against Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris, and Rome that will be decided in 2017 at the Lima International Olympic Committee (IOC) session.

The 102 year old water polo champion recently celebrated his birthday and even though he has been living in San Francisco for the past 60 years, he still cheers for his native nation Hungary.

Tarics rose to fame as an Olympic gold medal winner on the Hungarian men's national water polo team at the Berlin Games in 1936.

He said in a phone interview with the bid team on his recent birthday, "I am glad Budapest and Hungary is bidding to host the Olympics in 2024 and I am keeping my fingers crossed and hope that the bid will be successful. I believe that sport is a field of life that creates harmony and friendship through competition. I think it is great when nations around the world compete with each other for a sports-related cause."

Tarics is well known as an architect in the Bay area and was a pioneer in developing earthquake-proof construction in a geographical area where this technology is vitally needed.

"The competition is always very tough. Look at my city, for example. I have been living in San Fransisco for a long time now. Everything is perfect here, the city has had lots of ambitions to host the Olympics in the past, but unfortunately it never had the chance to make it happen - said Tarics. "I would like to give advice to my fellow Hungarians, but as you can see from this example as well, it can hardly ever be foretold who the final winner of this close and many-faceted race will be," he added.

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

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