POSTED: November 27th 2016

Olympics: Budapest 2024 readies for lessons to take home from Rio 2016 debrief

Budapest opens the door for mid-sized cities © Bigstock
Budapest opens the door for mid-sized cities © Bigstock

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The Budapest 2024 delegation is traveling to Tokyo to take notes on the "successes and lessons" coming out of the Rio 2016 summer Games that can be incorporated into their Olympic plan.

Balázs Fürjes, Chairman of Budapest 2024, noted, "Our aim is to get a more detailed understanding of the critical success factors underlying the world's biggest and most inspirational sporting and peacetime event, the Olympic Games, and how Budapest can help meet the needs and priorities of the Olympic Movement."

Last week all three cities running for the chance to host the 2024 Summer Games were in Doha for the Association of the National Olympic Committees (ANOC) annual assembly in Qatar. Paris and Los Angeles are competing against Budapest to win the right to stage the big event in 2024.

The Rio 2016 debrief is part of IOC's Transfer of Knowledge Programme and highlights the pros and cons of last summer's Olympic Games in the next host city. It gives the three bidding cities a chance to fine tune their candidatures.

"Budapest is taking every opportunity to learn from and collaborate with the Olympic experts in building a bid which demonstrates that Budapest is the right sized city at the right time to host the 2024 Olympic Games; the real alternative," explained Fürjes.

"We must focus on analysis of Games plans, priorities, and of course on containing costs, especially now in these times of global uncertainty, but still ensure the spectacular sporting performances we saw in Rio which thrilled and engaged the world.  

"We must focus on Games wide planning and operations that enable thousands of elite athletes, from more than 200 nations and territories, to train and compete to the best of their ability across multiple sports in multiple venues, simultaneously, with almost no margin for error.

The Budapest masterplan is cost effective according to Agenda 2020 and after investing $50 billion in infrastructure over the past 15 years according to Hungary's national development plan, the city is in good shape to offer a lucrative bid.

"Just three additional venues will be required to host the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games," Fürjes confirmed. "Hosting the Olympic Games in a mid-sized global city like Budapest will enhance the Games experience and environment by making the electrifying sport and atmosphere of the Games, and Games venues, facilities and festivals more accessible and convenient for athletes and spectators.

"The Games in Budapest will also leave a far-reaching legacy for the Olympic Movement, bringing the Olympics to Central Europe for the first time and opening the Games up to a new group of midsized international cities. This will dramatically expand the choice of potential new Olympic host cities and ensure the Olympic Games remains the most sought after and accessible sporting event for cities and countries world-wide," he concluded.

**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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