POSTED: January 15th 2016

Olympics: Budapest 2024 names former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt leader of the bid committee

IOC Member and former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt / Getty Images
IOC Member and former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt / Getty Images

(L to R) Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, Krisztina Andras and Janos  Martonyi / Budapest 2024
(L to R) Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, Krisztina Andras and Janos Martonyi / Budapest 2024

(L to R) Laszlo Kover and Balazs Furjes / Budapest 2024
(L to R) Laszlo Kover and Balazs Furjes / Budapest 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Budapest 2024 Olympic bid formally established their bid committee today naming former Hungarian President and IOC member Pal Schmitt as President at a meeting in the Hungarian Parliament. Olympian Schmitt also holds two gold medals in fencing from the Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972 Games.

Named "The Guardians of the Olympic Bid" the 23 member committee will be responsible for giving strategic direction, monitoring and reviewing progress and promoting the Budapest Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid inside and outside Hungary.

Budapest is bidding against Los Angeles, Paris and Rome to host the 2024 summer Games.

Pal Schmitt said, "I am delighted that we have today launched the Budapest2024 Bid Committee.  This marks a decisive step in Hungary's bid to stage the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

"As 'Guardians of the Bid', it is our role to ensure that Budapest2024 truly reflects our collective commitment to the values of Olympism."

Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly, appointed the committee after consultations with the Mayor of Budapest and the President of the Hungarian NOC. And it will bring together prominent figures from the world of Hungarian sport, business and public life. 

Balazs Furjes, who joined the committee as Bid Chairman, said, "The breadth of talent on the Committee is a true reflection of the support that we enjoy across the spectrum in Hungary and will be a great resource for us as we move forward into the Bid process."

The IOC will choose their host city in 2017 at the session in Lima, Peru.

The complete committee is as follows: 

Pál Schmitt, President

Olympic champion, Hungarian member of the IOC

Tamás Aján

Honorary member of the IOC, President of the International Weightlifting Federation

István Tarlós

Mayor of Budapest

Zsolt Borkai

Olympic Champion, President of the Hungarian NOC

László Szabó

President of the Hungarian Paralympic Committee

Tamás Gyárfás

Vice President of FINA, President of the Hungarian Swimming Federation

István Kovács Koko

Olympic and world champion boxer

Judit Polgár

Chess Grandmaster (strongest female chess player of history)

Pál Szekeres

Olympic and Paralympic medal winner fencer

Etele Baráth

President of the Hungarian Canoe Federation, Member of the European Economic and Social Committee

Dénes Kemény

President of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation

József Váradi

CEO of Wizz Air

Slomó Köves

Executive Rabbi of EMIH Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation

László Kiss-Rigó

Roman Catholic Bishop

Gusztáv Bienerth

Chairman at Roland Berger Hungary, former CEO of PwC Hungary

János Martonyi

Former Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs

Krisztina András

Associate Professor at Corvinus University of Budapest, Director of Sport Business Research Centre


Károly Gerendai

CEO at Sziget Cultural Management Ltd., Founder of Sziget Festival

Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy

Economist, global securities services expert, former President of the Budapest Stock Exchange,  President of the Budapest Olympic Movement

Balázs Szeneczey

Vice Mayor of Budapest

László Kövér

Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly

Balázs Fürjes

Chairman, Budapest 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games Bid Committee

György Szilágyi

Member of the Hungarian Parliament

**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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