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Sport Now 'Strategic Sector' for Hungary - Minister

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Sport has become a "strategic sector" for Hungary, Defence Minister Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky told parliament's cultural committee at a hearing on Tuesday, according to a report by state news wire MTI.

"We have come closer to becoming a nation of sport," Szalay-Bobrovniczky, whose portfolio includes sport, told the MPs.

He said that Hungary had recently hosted a number of international sporting contests, including the athletics worlds, two aquatics worlds, and several UEFA European football championship matches. The 2023 World Athletics Championships, which Budapest hosted in August, drew over 400,000 fans, while the number of people who watched the athletes compete on TV reached 1 billion, he added.

Hungary has upgraded its sports infrastructure, renovating the Puskás Arena and building the Duna Arena and the National Athletics Center, he said. Those investments and the contests they have hosted have boosted tourism and contributed to economic growth, he added.

He also pointed to the strong performance of Hungarian athletes at the international level: The country has the 93rd biggest population in the world, but Hungary is in eighth place in terms of Olympic medals won.

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