POSTED: December 14th 2015

Olympics: Budapest 2024 welcomes IOC President Bach for 120 year anniversary celebrations of the HOC

IOC President Bach (center) arrived in Budapest for the two days of festivities for the 120th birthday celebration of the NOC / HOC
IOC President Bach (center) arrived in Budapest for the two days of festivities for the 120th birthday celebration of the NOC / HOC

The stunning Budapest Opera house / Hungary Today
The stunning Budapest Opera house / Hungary Today

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Hungarian Olympic Committee (HOC) gave a warm welcome to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach as he arrives for the celebrations of the 120th anniversary of the NOC. Hungary was one of the founding member countries of the Olympic Movement.

Budapest is currently in the 2024 Olympic Summer Games bid race with Los Angeles, Paris and Rome.

Bach was met by NOC President Zsolt Borkai, IOC Member Pál Schmitt, IOC Honorary Member Tamás Aján and Government Commissioner and Budapest2024 Bid Leader Balázs Fürjes.

He will also meet Hungary's Prime Minister, Viktor Orbán, and HOC Secretary General and two time Olympic champion in fencing, Bence Szabó will then host President Bach at the Kovács Pál Fencing Hall. Bach himself is an Olympic champion in fencing.

President Bach will address Hungarian athletes and speak about the importance of upholding the Olympic values of friendship, solidarity and fair play.

Over the next two days the NOC will host a series of events to celebrate the country's sporting successes and to showcase President Bach's Agenda 2020 vision and how that Hungary is working on the recommendations laid out in the document.

On that note HOC President Zsolt Borkai said, "These values help our young sportsmen and women to realise their ambitions. Agenda 2020 is the vehicle through which the Olympic movement can continue to evolve. We are proud of our Olympic heritage and intend to keep on playing an active part of this evolution."

The main event tonight will be a special Anniversary Gala taking place at the Hungarian State Opera.

IOC Member Pál Schmitt commented on Hungary's ability to host world class sporting events, "Our Olympic legacy continues with our ever increasing success at European and World Championships. The recent European short course swimming championships saw Hungary at the top of the medal table bringing home 11 gold medals.

"Our ability to host large scale events such as Formula One, 2017 FINA World Championships and the recent award Budapest received as the European city for Sport in 2019 clearly and firmly places the country on the sporting map."

Government Commissioner and Budapest2024 Bid Leader Balázs Fürjes added, "These events serve as proof points of our national sporting capabilities, our commitment to making sports accessible for everyone and the nation's ability to continue developing world class athletes in a safe and secure environment."

**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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