Budapest, May 11 (MTI) – The western German city of Duisburg and the southern Hungarian city of Szeged are two “temples” of kayak-canoeing, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said at talks with heads of the International Canoe Federation (ICF) on Wednesday.
ICF President Jose Perurena and Secretary General Simon Toulson were accompanied by head of the Hungarian federation Etele Barath at the meeting in Parliament, the prime minister’s press chief, Bertalan Havasi, said.
The parties agreed that the Hungarian government will modernise and expand sport facilities in Szeged, which will host the 2019 Olympics qualification world championship.
Budapest’s application to host the Olympics, in line with the International Olympic Committee’s Agenda 2020 reform plan, marks Szeged as the location for kayak-canoe races, so the planned developments for the 2019 world championship also serve Hungary’s Olympic candidacy, Havasi said.
The meeting was also attended by Pal Schmitt, honorary president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, and Balazs Furjes, government commissioner for highlighted Budapest investment projects and head of Budapest’s Olympic candidacy.