Budapest 2024 Claims Visiting Federations Say City “An Ideal Environment for an Olympic Games”

International weightlifting federation delegate visits Budapest 2024 (Budapest 2024 photo)

International weightlifting federation delegate visits Budapest 2024 (Budapest 2024 photo)

Budapest’s 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games bid is leveraging the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) new Agenda 2020 process, which allows for greater collaboration between a Bid City and International Sport Federations, while preparing plans for the 2024 Games.

A programme of workshops and site visits will be taking place until mid-December to enable the bid’s sport and venues team to work with sport federations to further develop the Budapest 2024 Games concept.  The International Federations for Taekwondo, Boxing, Judo, Shooting, Weightlifting, Fencing and Hockey have already visited Budapest, with more meetings planned over the coming weeks.

According to the bid organizers, the workshops, along with venue visits, allow each federation to review the Master Plan with technical planners and sport professionals from the Budapest 2024 team.

The reviews cover venue planning, competition management and sport legacy sessions – detail that will allow the team to optimize the athlete experience. Other topics, such as transport and accommodation arrangements are also included in the discussions.

The bid committee says it has received very positive feedback from the federations claiming “visitors have all agreed that Budapest is an ideal environment for an Olympic Games – from the short travel times, to the stunning architecture, to the young population and festival atmosphere.”

Attila Mizsér, Director of Sport and Venues for Budapest 2024 said “we thank all the International Federations for their input; there have been some extremely insightful sessions and more to come.”

“This collaborative process began over a year ago and without it we wouldn’t have the remarkable Master Plan that we are all very proud of today.

“The Rio Observer Programme brought us to the heart of the Games experience recently, and now we have these very important discussions in Budapest, allowing us to walk step-by-step through the venues.  All this helps us to keep tightening up our plans, little by little. There have been some great initiatives and opportunities that have come out of these workshops.”

Budapest 2024's Attila Mizsér (centre) poses with International Shooting Federation delegation (Budapest 2024 photo)

Budapest 2024’s Attila Mizsér (centre) poses with International Shooting Federation delegation (Budapest 2024 photo)

The Budapest master plan has a compact footprint with 26 competition venues, 24 sports and 34 disciplines located within a seven kilometer radius from the city centre.  Additionally there are six Olympic cities outside Budapest and each would stage events during the 16-day Olympic festival, making this a “Games for a Nation,” the bid claims.

“We are extremely lucky to enjoy the support of all the Olympic Cities and the International Federations for this concept,” Mizsér said.

“There are 15 major events between now and the Lima vote: each one an important opportunity for us to show how we stand out from the crowd, to show how we pride ourselves on delivering exceptional sport events.

“Before the vote in Lima next year, we will also stage World Championship or World Cup events in Fencing, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Canoe-Kayak (sprint), Judo, Sailing, Modern Pentathlon and Triathlon and six major Para sport events. Hungary also hosts the 17th FINA World Championships and the European Youth Olympic Festival (EYOF) in the summer of 2017. The excitement is already building – we just can’t wait for the fantastic year of sport ahead!”

Next week, the European Table Tennis Championship begins in Budapest.

The marquee FINA Swimming event scheduled for next summer will bring together close to 3,000 athletes from around 190 nations, competing in 75 contests over a period of 17 days.

Budapest competes with Los Angeles and Paris to host the 2024 Games.  The International Olympic Committee will elect a winner September 13, 2017.