POSTED: November 23rd 2015

Olympics: Budapest 2024 gains the support of 16 European nations

A view of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest / Bigstock
A view of the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Budapest 2024 bid has announced that after attending the European Olympic Committees General Assembly (EOC) in Prague they have received support at the highest level from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of central and southern Europe.

A resolution was proposed by the President of the Croatian Olympic Committee and EOC Executive Board member, Zlatko Matesa, ahead of the EOC General Assembly in Prague.

"This announcement by my colleague Mr. Zaltko Matesa is a testament to the new rules under Agenda 2020 - Budapest is the right sized city, it is an Olympic sized city and those countries surrounding us will benefit from having a global sporting event hosted in the centre of the region," said Bence Szabo, General Secretary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. "Hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2024 would see the games come to this region for the first time in Olympic history."

After initial meetings at the ANOC General Assembly in Washington, D.C. and then follow ups at the EOC meeting this past weekend a good 16 NOCs have thrown support behind the Budapest bid to host the 2024 Summer Games:  Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Greece, Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Turkey.

Over 200 million people reside in the Central and Southern European regions and the city's location in the heart of Central and Southern Europe makes it very accessible for those NOCs and their athletes.

Budapest is running against Hamburg, Los Angeles, Paris, and Rome to host the summer Olympics. The IOC will vote on their final host city in 2017.

**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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