POSTED: December 13th 2015

Olympics: Budapest 2024 poll shows a positive 60% supporting the bid

Budapest's Chain Bridge with St. Stephen's Basilica lit up at night / Bigstock
Budapest's Chain Bridge with St. Stephen's Basilica lit up at night / Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Budapest 2024 Olympic summer Games bid announced today results of a recent public poll conducted by IPSOS that was carried out in Hungary earlier this month confirming 60% support. The 60% responded that they would be 'happy' if Budapest won the Games. The results showed a strong backing by the youth reinforcing their confidence in the future of possibly hosting the elite level event.

Budapest is bidding against Los Angeles, Paris and Rome to stage the 2024 Olympics and Paralympics. 

The IPSOS poll also found that two thirds of the Hungarian population would be 'proud' if Budapest won the IOC nod to host the Games.

"Looking back, our sports men and women claimed 168 medals over the years and placed Hungary 8th on the medal table," said Zsolt Borkai, President of the Hungarian Olympic Committees."Looking forward we will be hosting major sports events such as the 17th FINA World Championships and we were recently awarded European City of Sport in 2019," he added.

"On the eve of the 120th anniversary celebration of the Hungarian National Olympic Committee these results are proof that the nation is truly committed to sport" said Balázs Fürjes, Chairman of Budapest 2024. "We are proud of our sporting history and are confident in our ability to deliver a strong and credible bid for the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games."

The poll found only 29% opposing the Budapest bid to host the Games.

**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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