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President Áder In Rio: Hungary “Entitled” To Host 2024 Olympics On Account Of Extraordinary Sports Triumphs

Ferenc Sullivan 2016.08.05.

The achievements of Hungarian athletes in previous Olympics have entitled the country to submit its bid to host the 2024 Olympic Summer Games, President of the Republic János Áder said at the opening of the Hungarian House ahead of the opening ceremony of the Rio Olympics in the Brazilian city.

Hungary’s bid was also inspired by the National Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reform programme, he said.

“Hungary has been present in the Olympic Games since the very beginning,” Mr. Áder argued, noting that the country was a founding member of the Olympic movement and had its athletes competing at almost all Games, with the exception of the ones in Antwerp in 1920 and in Los Angeles in 1984. By winning a total of 168 gold, 148 silver and 170 bronze medals, Hungary ranks as the third most successful nation relative to its size and population in the history of the Games, he pointed out.

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Hungarian President János Áder (second from right) opening the Hungarian House in Rio in the company of his wife Anita Herczegh (photo: hirado.hu)

Hungary should be considered to host the Games in 2024 not only because its traditions and results in sports, but also because it is the only country among the top ten medal winners that has not hosted any Olympics yet, the President said.

“We are serious about this issue and this is also why we have established the Hungarian House which will serve as a platform, an exhibition space and a gate, connecting the past with the future,” President Áder stressed, concluding his speech with the familiar phrase “Go Hungary, go Hungarians”.

The Hungarian House is meant to become a meeting point for members of the International Olympic Committee and other senior decision makers of the Olympic family. Furthermore, it features an exhibition on Hungary’s Olympic performance and bid for the 2024 Games.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach are scheduled to jointly visit the facility on 19 August.

via hirado.hu
cover photo: Mr. and Mrs. Áder cheering at a Paralympic event in London, 2012 (photo: László Beliczay/MTI)