Fully 83.7 percent of Hungarians are in favour of Hungary organising the Chess Olympiad in 2024, according to a fresh survey by the Századvég Foundation.
Overall, 38.1 percent of the survey’s respondents said Hungary hosting the event would primarily help boost tourism, head researcher Zita Bokányi said in a video conference. A total of 36.8 percent said it would mainly help the sport, 31.8 percent said it would boost Hungary’s image and 15.3 percent said it would also help the economy.
The survey commissioned by the Hungarian Chess Federation found that more than half of all Hungarian households have chess boards and nearly three-quarters of men and more than a third of women know how to play. About one-quarter of respondents said their children were also learning to play chess.
The survey was carried out with a sample of 1,000 adults.
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