Debrecen Hungary submits 2010 Youth Olympic Games bid to IOC

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A Debrecen Hungary delegation headed by Debrecen’s Mayor Lajos Kósa, accompanied by Mihály Orendi, Executive Director of Debrecen’s 2010 Youth Olympic Games bid and Zsigmond Nagy of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, delivered Debrecen’s candidature file to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Lausanne Switzerland Friday.

Debrecen 2010 says its plan might be among the most compact ever proposed for any Games. Ninety five per cent of sports venues are located within walking distance - a radius of 3.5 kilometers. According to a media release, one village, two main venue clusters, all linked by a strong transport plan – and a free “Green bike” program that would put more than 3,000 bicycles at the disposal of all accredited personnel, are some of the strengths of Debrecen’s bid.

Mihály Orendi, Executive Director of the bid said, “it is crucial for us to provide all participants with an extremely compact plan, to maximize the exchange between the people and their different cultures so that the youth of the world can really experience the beauty of the Olympic spirit, in a clean, green city of youth.

This, together with our 500 years of history in education and our recent solid experience in hosting and organizing international sports events – twelve in seven years – make us believe that we have put a very interesting proposal to the IOC today. “We want to build this event with the IOC to secure a long and successful life for the Youth Olympic Games. We are very confident that we can be the right partners to achieve this”. (gamesbids)

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