Budapest, December 14 (MTI) – Budapest is a “strong bidder” in the contest to win the opportunity to host the Olympic Summer Games in 2024, Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), said in an interview to MTI on Monday.
Bach praised the measures Budapest has taken so far, and the city’s adopting the objectives of the Agenda 2020 reform programme.
Bach said that Olympic bidders do not need residents’ confirmation through a referendum, but highlighted the importance of public support to the applicant’s candidacy, and welcomed the attitude of Budapest people. He also noted that in Hamburg a referendum was held in which locals denied support to that city’s Olympic bid.
Bach visited Budapest on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee.
Budapest’s rivals in the competition for hosting the 2024 games are Los Angeles, Rome and Paris. The IOC will select the winner in 2017.