Budapest and the Hungarian Olympic Committee have sent the capital’s declaration of intent on organising the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to the Lausanne-based International Olympic Committee (IOC).
The letter, carrying the signatures of Budapest mayor István Tarlós and Hungarian Olympic Committee chairman Zsolt Borkai, argues that broadening access to holding the games is a “democratic thought” because cities smaller than the Hungarian capital, such as Antwerp, Stockholm and Helsinki have already been able to host the Olympics.
“It is our conviction that Budapest’s applications is an answer to the IOC’s Agenda 2020 reform programme and our intent of submitting an application is in full compliance with the IOC’s ‘economical Olympics’ concept. We also welcome that the IOC has turned towards more economical and sustainable organisation of the Olympics, thus breaking the monopoly of the largest and most prosperous country in hosting the Games”, the document reads.
“Our Olympic mathematics is clear: Agenda 2020 = Budapest 2024”, the declaration points out, adding that Hungary is the only country among the ten most successful Olympic nations that has not yet hosted the Games.
The IOC is expected to reach its decision on the host of the 2024 Olympics in Lima, Peru, in 2017. Boston, Hamburg, Rome and Paris have so far signalled their intention to organise the Games.
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