Hungary may bid to co-host the 2026 Winter Olympic Games with Austria, bors.hu has reported.
Referring to “insider sources” from the Hungarian National Olympic Committee (NOC), the tabloid said the plan originates from Lajos Kósa, who is not only the President of the Hungarian National Ice-Skating Association but also the parliamentary group leader of the ruling Fidesz party. In case of a successful bid, Hungary could host the ice sports (speed skating, figure skating, ice hockey, etc.), while Austria could host the snow sports (skiing, snowboarding, ski jumping , etc.), bors.hu added.
The paper pointed out that if Paris wins the right to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games, European cities would not be allowed to host another Summer Olympics until 2036. However, last time Winter Olympic Games were held in Europe back in 2006, so the chances seem to be good for a European contender to win the right to host the winter games. Furthermore, the recently introduced Agenda 2020 project allows to co-host the winter games.
Bors.hu also contacted the Austrian Olympic Committee, who admitted their intention to bid to host the 2026 winter games. However, they did not reveal wheter they consider co-hosting the games with Hungary or another country or not. Meanwhile Hungarian news television atv.hu has asked Lajos Kósa if the plans are true. Kósa replied “No!” but declined to further comment on the press rumor.
via bors.hu and atv.hu; photo: maszol.ro