WAC: Largest Sporting Event in Hungary’s History, 19 - 27 August

  • 16 Aug 2023 9:16 AM
  • Hungary Matters
WAC: Largest Sporting Event in Hungary’s History, 19 - 27 August
Hungary is ready for the World Athletics Championships starting on Saturday, President Katalin Novak said on Facebook after receiving Sebastian Coe, President of World Athletics, at the Sándor Palace, adding the county was glad to be hosting and participating in one of the world’s biggest sporting events.

“Again there’s an opportunity for us Hungarians to show the world what we are capable of,” Novák wrote.

The president will officially open the World Athletics Championships on Saturday and address the opening ceremony.

International interest towards the World Athletics Championships (WAC) Budapest will host this month is huge, with tickets already purchased in almost a hundred countries for the largest sporting event in Hungary’s history, the CEO of the company organising the championships said.

“As we have already said, close to one billion people will watch the TV broadcasts around the world, and we want all those on the other side of the globe to see that Hungary, and its capital city Budapest, is one of the world’s best places,” organisers said. 

“We have placed this board here, on this square because on August 19 we will open a Fan Zone here as well, in addition to the one to be set up at the National Athletics Centre, the venue of the championships,” said Németh. In the two fan zones, visitors will have the opportunity to try athletics games, he added.

Preparations for the WAC-related traffic restrictions are under way, he said, asking residents for their understanding.

“We have set the world’s most beautiful route for the marathon run in the WAC,” Németh said, noting that its start and finish point would be at Heroes’ Square.

“The athletes would run the 10km course along Andrássy Avenue, pass the Hungarian Academy of Sciences to cross the just reopening landmark Chain Bridge to arrive at Várkert Bazaar from where they would make their way back along the same route,” Németh said.

He noted that an all-new never-before-used technology, a cable camera would be operated at a height of 40 metres for the transmission of images about Budapest “above and about us, Hungarians, as never seen before”.

At a press conference  World Athletics president Sebastian Coe said that the record-laden athletics season had convinced him that this month’s world championships could be the best of all time in terms of performance, and he was confident there would be big crowds in Budapest “to witness the action”.

The event, the third biggest sporting event in the world, is taking place on August 19-27.

It will host 2,000 athletes from 200 countries and 3,000 journalists with news coverage reaching some one billion people worldwide.

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