POSTED: November 24th 2015

Olympics: EOC stays neutral on statement of support for Budapest 2024

The annual EOC general assembly was just held in Prague, Czech Republic and all the bid cities were present / SFC
The annual EOC general assembly was just held in Prague, Czech Republic and all the bid cities were present / SFC

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Yesterday the Budapest 2024 bid committee released the news that the bid had attained the support of 16 European NOCs. Budapest was also recently named the European Capital of Sport for 2019.

Budapest is in the running with three other European cities Hamburg, Paris and Rome. Los Angeles in the United States is the fifth city in the 2024 summer Games campaign. 

The European Olympic Committees (EOC) secretariat issued a statement today in response to the news taking a very neutral stance given that four of the cities bidding are from their continent. 

The EOC statement in full:

"With regard to the statement issued by the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) of Central and Southern Europe in support of Budapest 2024, The European Olympic Committees (EOC) wishes to make the following points to clarify the situation: 

The NOCs of Central and Southern Europe is not an officially recognised organisation within the EOC. 

The EOC does not endorse the statement.  With four outstanding 2024 candidate cities from Europe, the EOC will remain neutral at all times. 

All IOC Members vote as individuals in a secret ballot and the IOC does not permit IOC Members to discuss publicly how they will vote in advance of any election.  

It is clear that IOC Members who could be associated with this statement were not consulted in advance of the announcement being made, therefore it is not appropriate to imply that IOC Members from the region will follow the guidance from the statement. 

With the 2024 Candidature Process at such an early stage, the EOC urges all member nations to respect the IOC guidelines for the process in the months ahead.  In this way, the IOC can fairly elect the best possible host city for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games." 

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will choose their summer Games host city during the IOC session in Lima, Peru 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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