Past Champions Lobby For 2023 World Athletics Championships To Be Held In Budapest

  • 11 Nov 2019 8:35 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Past Champions Lobby For 2023 World Athletics Championships To Be Held In Budapest
Prominent Hungarian champions of the past holding the title of Athlete of the Nation have asked Budapest’s new leaders that the city should remain the host of the 2023 World Athletics Championships, one of them, Pál Schmitt, told MTI on Saturday.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) granted Budapest the right to host the prestigious event in December 2018.

The city’s bid included building a new sports stadium for the purpose. Gergely Karácsony, Budapest’s new mayor elected last month, announced among his first measures a ban on building more sports stadiums in the capital.

The 12 athletes have now expressed concern over the latest developments surrounding the world athletics championships.

“We are convinced that organising such a major international competition could not only boost Hungary’s reputation, but also stimulate young people’s interest in sports,” they said.

  • How does this content make you feel?

XpatLoop Media Partner

Hungary Matters

Launched in January 2014, this twice-daily newsletter covers 'everything you need to know about what’s going on in Hungary and beyond', according to its publisher the state media agency MTI. Click the title above for more info, and to subscribe.

Explore More Reports

  • World Athletics Champs Coming To Budapest

    World Athletics Champs Coming To Budapest

    • 5 Dec 2018 6:53 AM

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) just announced in Monaco that Budapest will host the World Athletics Championships in 2023.

  • IAAF Wants Budapest To Host 2023 World Championships

    IAAF Wants Budapest To Host 2023 World Championships

    • 31 Jul 2018 7:31 AM

    The governing body of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) approved the recommendation that Budapest be declared the preferred European city to host the IAAF World Championships in 2023, at a meeting in Buenos Aires.