Published: Thu, February 23, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Budapest drops 2024 Olympic bid, leaving Los Angeles and Paris


Activists collect signatures to force a referendum on Budapest's bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games. "Today only one responsible decision is possible to avoid Hungary's loss of worldwide prestige". Only two cities made it to the final round of voting for the 2022 Winter Olympics in 2015, too, after voters in Stockholm; Oslo, Norway; and Krakow, Poland, all rejected proposed bids.

The other two cities left now are Paris and Los Angeles.

And of course Los Angeles is only in the mix for 2024 because the United States Olympic Committee's initial choice to bid for that summer's Games, Boston, pulled out in the face of heavy public opposition.

Momentum is the organization that handed over the signatures necessary for its referendum on blocking the hosting of the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest to the Budapest Election Office last Friday.

The party said it perceived Budapest's chances of winning the bid to be quite small.

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Hungarian government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs confirmed the withdrawal to The Associated Press on Wednesday. The last time only two cities were left in the bidding was in 1988, when Seoul beat Nagoya, Japan, after an International Olympic Committee vote.

"I like it that people are talking in this way about the Olympic candidature procedure", Bach told The Associated Press there.

The decision was announced after a meeting between the Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the Mayor of Budapest Istvan Tarlos and the President of the National Olympic Committee Zsolt Borkai on Wednesday evening.

The U.S. Olympic Committee has stated that its sole interest at this point is in bringing the 2024 Games to Los Angeles.

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