POSTED: March 1st 2017

Olympics: Budapest City Council votes to withdraw the 2024 bid

Budapest and the Danube River © Bigstock
Budapest and the Danube River © Bigstock

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(SFC) Today the Budapest City Council voted to formally end the 2024 summer Olympic bid with 22 of its councilors in favor of dropping the bid and six against.

The Budapest bid fell apart last week as the government moved to stop the campaign in its final stages because they felt the unity supporting the bid had fallen apart.

The up and coming opposition Momentum Movement party gathered over 266,000 signatures in favor of a referendum push that was widely seen as a political attack against the ruling Fidesz Party. Prime Minister Viktor Orban is up for reelection next year and the maneuver to push the referendum was widely seen as a tactic to upset the Fidesz party's stability. It was successful in dissipating the support behind the bid and raising questions as to the power of the ruling part. The action was more political than sports oriented and even IOC President Thomas Bach has spoken out against what happened with the bid.

Budapest was in the third and final stage of its bid campaign when the referendum became so hotley contested.

The withdrawal of Budapest follows Boston, Hamburg and Rome in this 2024 Olympic race and is raising red flags about the staging and hosting of big world class events. Even Durban, South Africa is mulling pulling out of the hosting of the 2022 Commonwealth Games as the government is getting cold feet about the needed funding.

This leaves two mega cities, Los Angeles and Paris, in a two horse race for 2024 and the IOC will meet and vote on their final host city September 13, 2017 in Lima, Peru. 

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