New HUF 3.2 bln swimming pool inaugurated in Budapest

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Officials of the central government and Budapestʼs District XI inaugurated a HUF 3.2 billion, 50-meter indoor swimming pool next to the Tüske sports hall in southern Budapest yesterday, Hungarian news agency MTI reported today.

The investment, which includes seating for 1,000 spectators and a 25-meter warm-up pool, was entirely funded by the state. 

Deputy state secretary Anita Boros said the new pool would provide another location for Hungarian athletes to train for the Olympics in Rio and the 2017 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest.

District XI mayor Tamás Hoffmann said the pool would also be an asset for locals who swim in their free time.

Construction of the Tüske, or “spike”, sports hall, so named for its distinctive appearance, began in 1993 but was halted in 1996. The building stood empty until 2012, when the government decided to complete construction. The entire cost of the project, including the swimming pool, came to more than HUF 9 bln.

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