IOC statement on Budapest 2024
Following the recent developments with regards to the Budapest 2024 Candidature, please find below an IOC statement from Mark Adams, IOC spokesman:
“The IOC has been informed by the Hungarian Olympic Committee that the candidature of Budapest for the Olympic Games 2024 will be withdrawn within the next couple of days after having settled some formalities with the City of Budapest. The IOC has taken note of the statements by Prime Minister Orban and the Hungarian Olympic Committee that the candidature has been used to promote a broader domestic political agenda beyond the Olympic Games and was overtaken by local politics.
It is disappointing that this decision had to be taken - the candidature committee had presented an excellent project, which has built on the reforms contained in Olympic Agenda 2020. It also demonstrated that smaller cities and smaller countries can stage the Olympic Games in a feasible and sustainable way.
For all these reasons, the IOC can appreciate the success of Olympic Agenda 2020 as far as the organisation of sustainable Olympic Games that fit into the long-term development plan of a city, region and country is concerned. This success is further demonstrated by the statements of Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris, that, without the reforms of Olympic Agenda 2020, there would not have been any candidates.
We sympathise with those who put so much work into the candidature and their many supporters.
With regard to the candidature procedure as such, the political situation in our fragile world requires us to make adjustments in this respect as the current procedure produces too many losers - as the IOC President already said in December 2016.
These adjustments will be discussed with all the stakeholders of the Olympic Movement. In the meantime, the candidature procedure for the Olympic Games 2024 will continue with the two excellent candidatures of Los Angeles and Paris.”
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Name: International Olympic Committee
Organization: International Olympic Committee
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