POSTED: November 15th 2016
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Budapest 2024 is the perfect alternative to large capital and mega cities

Budapest 2024 delegation attending the ANOC General Assembly in Doha © Budapest 2024
Budapest 2024 delegation attending the ANOC General Assembly in Doha © Budapest 2024

Zsolt Borkai speaking at the ANOC General Assembly © Budapest 2024
Zsolt Borkai speaking at the ANOC General Assembly © Budapest 2024

Zsolt Borkai speaking at the ANOC General Assembly © Budapest 2024
Zsolt Borkai speaking at the ANOC General Assembly © Budapest 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Budapest 2024 delegation unveiled its "right sized at the right time," Games Plan to the world's Olympic and National Olympic Committees (NOC) leaders at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly in Doha, Qatar.

Budapest 2024 Chairman Balázs Fürjes stated, "The Agenda 2020 reforms make it possible for a new generation of mid-sized cities to host the Games, creating new possibilities for the Olympic Movement that will reinforce the IOC's modern agenda." 

The delegation described their bid as "the real alternative," to mega cities and larger capitals who have recently hosted the Summer Games. The presentation went on to outline various advantages that Budapest offers including: a low-risk delivery and financial strategy; very short travel times to all sporting areas; festive and vibrant city atmosphere; youth culture with a love of sport; safe and secure Olympics; series of stunning backdrops; and long-lasting legacy from Budapest, Hungary, and Central Europe.

"The legacy for each of our venues is carefully considered in the context of comprehensive business plans that continue to be honed as we progress," expressed Fürjes.

Budapest 2024 highlighted on how the Games not only engage the host city and nation but the entire region of Central Europe. Plans are in place to ensure that 90% of Hungary's population will be within 90 minutes or less of Olympic sport. These venues will continue to be utilized well after the Games come to an end, which will create a lasting legacy for the nation.

Budapest 2024 Director of Sports and Venues, Attila Mizsér said, "The experience will be truly new and unique. The whole city as one single connected Olympic Park. A genuine compact games experience built into the fabric of the city and accessible to all. A city-wide celebration of sport like."

Budapest also enjoys not only the backing of the city and nation but the backing of the Hungarian youth. The city was described as an expression of Hungarian youth's "...confidence, their identity and their vitality," by the Mayor of Budapest, Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky. Bid Ambassadors such as Fruzsina Szép have demonstrated the strong sense of ownership that youth people already have over the Budapest Olympic and Paralympic Games.

"A Games in Budapest sends the message that the Olympic Games are not simply for the mega-city but for mid-size cities, too. Budapest can make Agenda 2020 real...a Budapest Games would give hope to new nations and new cities, nations, and cities on the rise.  It would spread the reach of the Olympic Movement...(and create) new possibilities that will take forward the IOC's new agenda...,"  commented Chairman Fürjes

The delegation showcased how the alternative to large capital and mega cities hosting the Olympic Games is here and that is Budapest 2024, which goes beyond the standard limits and raises the bar for all future bid and host cities.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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