POSTED: Saturday November 26th 2016

Budapest 2024 delegation relishes IOC Debrief to learn from "successes and lessons" of Rio and reinforce Olympic collaboration

“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 ,” Balázs Fürjes, Chairman of Budapest 2024.

Following last week’s presentation to world national Olympic committee leaders at the ANOC conference in Doha, a group of senior Budapest 2024 officials is travelling to Tokyo to learn lessons from Rio Games organisers and IOC experts.

The Rio debrief visit is an important element of the IOC’s Transfer of Knowledge Programme and Budapest's vision to provide a low risk, more affordable and more accessible and festive mid-sized global city alternative to host the 2024 Games for the Olympic Movement.

In this era of Agenda 2020 and Games focus on athletes experience, sustainability, youth, governance, on-time and on-budget delivery and legacy, along with challenges such as security, climate change, rapidly changing technologies, limited resources, geopolitical uncertainty and low global economic growth, the value of studying and discussing lessons from the most recent and previous Olympic Games is more important than ever, according to Balázs Fürjes, the Chairman of the Budapest 2024 Bid.   

“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,” said Fürjes who is leading Budapest’s delegation to the debrief, which is being held in Tokyo, the host city for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

“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,” he said. 

The Budapest 2024 Chairman said it was vital to understand the scale and complexity of the planning, operations and schedules necessary for the support services and infrastructure required for a spectacular Olympic Games experience to be delivered on time and in budget for the athletes - including technically excellent fields of play in full venues, generating compelling sport, vibrant city-wide celebrations and festivals, and national and international support and engagement.

“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,” Fürjes said.

The Budapest delegation would look for insights from the debrief to further validate the Budapest 2024 Masterplan as the low risk, high performing host city of choice ready to deliver the 2024 Olympic Games, after investing $50 billion in infrastructure over the past 15 years as part of Hungary’s national development plan.

“Just three additional venues will be required to host the 2024 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games,” Fürjes said.

The delegation will also focus on ways to further maximize the advantages for athletes and spectators from staging the Olympic Games in Budapest, including rapid transport systems with an average travel time to venues of 12 minutes, a single Olympic Village located close to the centre of Budapest, and world’s biggest outdoor festival.

The delegation would focus on how bringing the Olympic Games to Budapest could help to advance the Olympic Movement.

“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,” according to Fürjes,

“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,” Fürjes said.,


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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 is 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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