POSTED: December 1st 2016
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Olympics: Budapest 2024 bid sailing plan and venue receives endorsement from World Sailing Chief

Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe and is said to have healing properties © Bigstock
Lake Balaton is the largest lake in central Europe and is said to have healing properties © Bigstock

Tihany village and the Benedictine Abbey are some of the many tourism spots around Lake Balaton © Bigstock
Tihany village and the Benedictine Abbey are some of the many tourism spots around Lake Balaton © Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Budapest 2024 is setting new standards as their innovative Games plan continues to take shape. The newest implementation includes bringing spectators closer with sailing events during the 2024 Olympic Games.

All sailing events for Budapest 2024 will be held at the popular tourist resort of Lake Balaton, which is accessible by highways and is less than an hour and a half drive from Budapest's city center.

The plan was further boosted by receiving an endorsement from Director of Events for World Sailing, Alastair Fox. Fox's endorsement comes after he visited to inspect the proposed Budapest 2024 sailing facilities.

"In Balaton, there is a unique opportunity to be innovative and to get more people on the water to enjoy watching sailing...The conditions of open sea with wind and tides normally make it hard from a spectator point of view, but the calmer waters of an inland lake mean you can get people right in the middle of the action...It's something we would want to really explore and encourage the Budapest team if their bid to get the Games is successful," expressed Fox.

Budapest 2024 plans on developing water-based "stadium" environment. Spectators will have access to the finish line and medals course unlike any other sailing event previously held.

As the largest lake in central Europe, Lake Balaton is one of the region's popular tourist spots. It already houses hotel and accommodation infrastructure. The majority of hotels in the area have agreed to aid Budapest 2024 by providing accommodations.

Fox went on to say, "We have always aimed for a very strong legacy from Olympic events, and the plans for Budapest would fit within that idea...The events and the infrastructure they are looking to develop would create a facility that would leave a long-lasting legacy in a very significant area of Central Europe...One of our key messages is that sailing is an inclusive activity that is an affordable sport for all.  Holding the Games events in Balaton would inevitably provide opportunities for huge numbers both to watch and to then get involved in the sport themselves."

Budapest 2024 will continue to enhance the spectator experience through the use of innovative ideas gathered by working with World Sailing.

Director of Sports for Budapest 2024, Attila Mizsér stated, "A key part of our strategy has been to meet with leaders of International Federations for Olympic sports to best understand how we can put the athletes at the center of the Games and provide the best possible facilities to ensure we continue to surpass the demands of world-class competition."

** 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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