Budapest launches official bid for 2024 Games

The city of Budapest on Wednesday launched a bid to host the Olympics in 2024, in a letter sent to the president of the International Olympics Committee.

AFP| Last Updated: Jul 08, 2015, 20:28 PM IST

Budapest: The city of Budapest on Wednesday launched a bid to host the Olympics in 2024, in a letter sent to the president of the International Olympics Committee.

"Budapest announces its official candidacy for the hosting of the Olympic and Paralympic Summer Games in 2024...with the support of the Hungarian government," the letter addressed to Thomas Bach read.

The joint statement by Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos and Hungary`s Olympic Comittee boss Zsolt Borkai comes two days after the Hungarian parliament approved the bid by 151 to 33.

Budapest joins Paris, Boston, Rome and Hamburg in the race for the Games.

Cities have until September 15 to enter bids and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will make a decision at a congress in Lima on September 15, 2017.

Hungary has never hosted an Olympics although it has applied on several occasions, the last time for the 1960 Games. Since Moscow in 1980 no country from Eastern Europe has won the right to hold the Summer Games.

The central European country with a population of 9.9 million, a founding member of the IOC, is in eighth place globally in terms of the number of medals won -- 168 gold, 148 silver, 170 bronze.

A study has shown that hosting the Olympics could generate 1,100 billion forints (3.5 billion euros, $4.1 billion dollars) in revenue, well above the 774 billion forints in required investments.

One of the world`s top swimming nations, Hungary is already hosting the World Swimming Championships in 2017, after Mexico`s Guadalajara pulled out for financial reasons.