Tarlós: Olympics not a realistic idea

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Budapest will not be an Olympic city. At least not for the time being. The idea of the Hungarian capital hosting the 2024 games is “unrealistic”, the Budapest mayor said today.

Although the Olympic Games would have a considerable impact on tourism and sport in Budapest, this is not the right time to raise the issue, he added.

Istvan Tarlós is running again for mayor in Hungarian local elections on October 12. His main contender, opposition center-left candidate Ferenc Falus, has publicly asked Tarlós whether he thought hosting the Olympic games was a realistic idea.

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) supported the idea of Budapest submitting a bid to host the Olympic Summer Games in 2024. MOB president Pál Schmitt said that the Hungarian capital would be ready to host the Olympics in 2024.

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