POSTED: Friday November 11th 2016

Hungary's Olympians at heart of Budapest 2024 delegation to ANOC meeting in Doha

Athlete heroes set to play key role in first presentation of Budapest Bid to Olympic Leaders as ‘Right Sized City’ for Olympic Games

Budapest 2024 has announced details of the delegation that will outline the Hungarian capital’s case for Budapest as the ‘right sized, real alternative’ city for the Olympic Games. The presentation will take place at a gathering of the world’s National Olympic Committees (NOCs) in Doha next week.

In the countdown to the long-awaited, first official round of presentations by candidate cities bidding for the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, the Budapest Bid team says the delegation will include Olympic and world champion athletes from Hungary, reflecting the deep connection that sport has to the very roots of the Hungarian nation.

“Our Olympic athletes are regarded as heroes in Hungary, and will represent our bid and our country in the presentation to the NOCs and Olympic officials in Doha,” he says.
The Budapest 2024 athletes attending the General Assembly of the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) have played a key role in Budapest’s discussions with the IOC to provide a new, alternative approach to hosting the Olympic Games in new city locations and regions.
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The athletes on the Budapest 2024 delegation include Hungarian Olympic gymnastics champion and Chairman of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Zsolt Borkai. Borkai says that the ANOC General Assembly is a critical forum for dialogue with the NOCs.

“The dialogue we have been fostering with the Olympic Family will continue in Doha; we believe this will enable the Olympic Games to return to mid-sized cities like Budapest that can deliver the Games in more affordable, more secure, more accessible and more festive ways for young people and host nations. This will help us to ensure that our concept for the Games closely aligns with both sporting and NOC priorities.”

The Budapest 2024 master plan aims to make the Olympic Games more sustainable, more festive and atmospheric and less complex. Thanks to Budapest’s compact footprint, long-term development plans, financial stability and responsibility and excellent existing citywide sport venue infrastructure, its plans fall neatly in line with the IOC’s landmark Agenda 2020 reforms, a road map for the future of the Olympic Movement.

Another athlete on the delegation, Attila Mizsér, Olympic modern pentathlon gold medal champion and Director of Sport and Venues for the Budapest bid, is keen to share the results of recent discussions with sport leaders. These workshops have enabled the Budapest team and international federations to jointly outline and discuss opportunities to promote and grow their sports through plans that engage the whole nation and region of central Europe.

He says understanding and support is growing for the Budapest bid vision and master plan, which optimises the athletes’ experience by staging the Olympic Games in a mid-sized global city that is truly compact, with shorter travelling times and distances for athletes, officials and spectators alike. One of the most attractive features of a Budapest Games is that it is more affordable and less complex to stage.

The Budapest delegation for ANOC also includes two of the nation’s most well-known athletes, Áron Szilágyi, men’s Sabre Fencer and two time Olympic Champion in London 2012 and Rio 2016 and women’s Paralympic table tennis champion Zsófia Arlóy, represents the growing grassroots support for para-sport in a city which was recently awarded a special mention in the UN Access City Awards.

Zsófia will accompany the Budapest 2024 Bid Chairman and city planning and development leader, Balázs Fürjes, who has led the bid since August 2015. As the Government Commissioner for Major Budapest Developments, Fürjes is responsible for a number of defining projects across the city. These include sport venues such as the Budapest Aquatics Centre currently in the final stages of construction to be ready for the 2017 FINA World Championships.
“Now is the time for us to demonstrate the strength of Hungary’s passion for the Olympics with our presentation to the National Olympic Committees in Doha.” commented Balázs Fürjes.

The presence in the delegation of the Deputy Mayor of Budapest, Alexandra Szalay-Bobrovniczky, highlights both the strong political backing for the bid at both city and cross-party parliamentary levels, and the important role that sport and major events, including the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships, and European Olympic Youth Festival are playing in Budapest’s and Hungary’s current period of carefully planned growth and development.

Along with the Bid Chairman, the Vice-Chairmen of Budapest 2024, Dr. Gusztáv Bienerth and László Vajda, will also represent Budapest in Doha, and belong to a steady and unchanging nucleus of experts at the centre of the bid, who are deeply familiar with the evolution of the master plan.
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- Named as European Capital of Sport 2019, Budapest is a high-value city, with an excellent transport infrastructure and a long-term sustainable development plan. The Budapest 2024 Olympic Bid proposes a compact and intimate Games footprint in the capital, and a truly nationwide Games that features sport in six other Olympic cities. Budapest 2024 is dedicated to deliver an on-budget and inclusive Olympic and Paralympic Games in one of the top 20 most peaceful countries in the world. Sports-mad Hungary was one of the founding members of the IOC and has participated in the Games since 1896. Hungary in the only country ranked in the top ten of the all-time Olympic Medal table that has not yet hosted the Olympic Games.

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Name: Ivan Rozsa
Organization: Budapest 2024

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