POSTED: January 29th 2016
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Olympics: Budapest 2024 Chairman says the approved venue plan highlights legacy, the Danube River and the city's unique qualities

Europe's second longest river, the Danube, will provide a lovely backdrop for the Games should Budapest get the IOC nod / Bigstock
Europe's second longest river, the Danube, will provide a lovely backdrop for the Games should Budapest get the IOC nod / Bigstock

(L to R) Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly and Bid Chairman Balazs Furjes / Budapest 2024
(L to R) Laszlo Kover, Speaker of the Hungarian National Assembly and Bid Chairman Balazs Furjes / Budapest 2024

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Budapest 2024 Chairman Balázs Fürjes  was thrilled the Budapest City Council formally approved the venue plan stating that it embodies their vision for legacy combined with the unique hosting qualities of the Hungarian capital.

"The venues are a combination of new and existing sites as well as temporary and permanent facilities," said the Budapest 2024 Chairman.

"The decision behind the choice of venues was driven by considerations of long term use, legacy and the desire to utilize Budapest's unique qualities as a sporting host city - we wanted to exploit the compactness together with the festival culture of urban Budapest to make the Games a continuous Olympic celebration for the public.

 "The Games will also give Budapest, uniquely at this important moment in the city's rebirth, the opportunity to renew the physical infrastructure of the city for the long term benefit of the people of Hungary.  For us, the venue and Games concept is genuinely instrumental in the city's long term sustainable development plan."

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

The Olympic plan features a new 60,000 stadium for athletics and a tennis complex with a 10,000 seat main court and a mixture of temporary and remodeled venues. The improvements of the already existing venues is meant to complement the country's long-term plans for sustainable development and the Bid Committee's desire to deliver an economically sound bid. 

Budapest intends to use the Danube River, Europe's second longest river, that runs through the city as a highlight.

Fürjes noted, "We have chosen to concentrate a number of venues along the Danube, designed to provide a spectacular backdrop for the Games while at the same time supporting the development of the waterfront. 

"We have been careful in ensuring that the construction of new venues directly contributes to the city's long term planning objectives. The plan also includes a number of temporary venues where there is no legacy requirement, ensuring that we meet our exacting sustainability targets for the project." 

 "This approach - with 23 venues hosting 22 sports and 31 disciplines within a 10 km radius of the Olympic Village - is intended to create a concentration of Games experience that will make for a truly accessible edition of the Olympics.  This is designed to optimize conditions - as well as the spectacle and the richness of the Games experience - for athletes and spectators alike," he added.

The final decision on who will host the Games will be voted at the IOC session in 2017 in Lima, Peru.

**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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