UNPRECEDENTED MUNICIPAL CONSENT TO HOST THE OLYMPIC GAMES
Press Release - 18th December 2008
On 18th December 2008 the Metropolitan General Assembly unanimously accepted the proposals for "the draft of the Olympic Act" and "the potential venues of the 2020 Budapest Olympics project", and expressed its support for the submission of the bill to the Parliament. After the decision was made, Gábor Demszky, Mayor, Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy, President of BOM, Imre Ikvai-Szabó, Miklós Hagyó and Csaba Horváth Deputy Mayors, as well as the municipal faction leaders of the five parliamentary parties made the details of the decision public...
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The objective of BOM Association is to lay down the foundation of Hungary's biggest dream, the national unity. A common value needed for Budapest to submit the bid in the summer of 2011 to stage the 2020 summer games with the full support of the Municipality of Budapest, the Hungarian Olympic Committee, the Hungarian government, the parliamentary parties and that of the Hungarian people.
The most important challanges in hosting the Olympic Games are to synchronize the long-term development plans of the country and the capital with the needs of the 2020 Olympic Games , as well as to designate the Olympic locations in advance, and to prepare and complete the Olympic bid.
In addition to providing trustworthy information to decision makers and the general public, BOM has initiated and financed the drawing up of the Olympic Act in preparation of the 2011 bid as well as the designation of the potential venues of the Olympic Games. The draft is scheduled to be enacted by the parliament with a 5 party consensus.
By its decision of 28th June 2007 the Metropolitan General Assembly expressed its willingness to actively participate in the drafting of the Olympic Act initiated by BOM. Within this compass, the Municipality of Budapest, the Metropolitan Bureau of Architecture, the professionally competent departments and BOM Association as well as its professional partner, Siegler law office (Weil,Gotschal & Manges LLP) have held discussions.
After more than half a year of preparation work, on 18th December 2008 the Metropolitan General Assembly made its decision on the Olympic Act and the potential Olympic venues...
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UNITED BY A COMMON GOAL
Following Hungary’s accession to NATO and the European Union, the occasion of selecting a host city for the 2012 Games made it timely to seriously examine the long cherished idea of the Budapest Olympic Games and to take dynamic steps towards carrying through this aim. As a result, fifteen companies that play a decisive role in the Hungarian economy, together with a group of a hundred successful managing directors, media experts, well-known public figures and famous sportsmen, founded the expressly non-political and non-profit civic organisation under the name “BOM” on November 24, 2005.
BOM joins together respected forces who are convinced that the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being staged in Hungary would be extremely beneficial to the development and international respect of both the country and the capital, as well as to the lives of the people living there. The founders of BOM agree that hosting the Olympic Games would encourage investments and large-scale projects, create tens of thousands of jobs, enliven tourism, develop infrastructure, and unite the nation as never before whilst offering hope and new opportunities to Hungarian sportsmen of both the present and future.
With its array of 157 gold, 137 silver and 158 bronze Olympic medals, Hungary is the 7th most successful sporting nation in the history of the Summer Olympics, and is in third place if we consider the number of Olympic medals per person. Despite, Hungary is the only one of the ten countries leading the Olympic championship table that has never had the opportunity to stage the Summer Olympic Games. The 1920 Games were in fact awarded to the Hungarian capital, but due to the defeat in World War I Hungary not only forfeited the right to organize the Games, but Hungarian sportsmen were not allowed to participate in the Antwerp Games. In 1936, Budapest failed against Berlin in the competition to hold the Olympic Games, and its bid for the 1944 Games was annulled by World War II. After the 1952 Helsinki Games, which were the most successful Olympics for Hungary, Budapest tried in vain to obtain the right to stage the Olympic Games in 1960, but as no one wished to award international attention and honor to a communist dictatorship, it was Rome that came in first. The idea of staging the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games was last raised in 2001, however a bid was not even submitted due to domestic politics.
Budapest’s advantage over other bidding cities lies in its location in the most dynamically developing region of the world. This region has never staged either the Olympic Games, Football World Championships or European Championships. The founders of BOM are convinced that sooner or later Central and Eastern Europe should obtain such a possibility and they are also positive that Budapest is the region’s most perfect venue for the Olympic Games. For the first time in its history the summer Games would rely not on a sea or ocean but on the Balaton, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Europe. Together with the Danube it would give the Hungarian Olympics an exceptional character.
At the beginning of the 21st century the Olympic Games, as an international competition of nations, represents not only a sports event but also an international competition of creative force, ability to mobilize and organize, innovative skills, architectural knowledge, willingness to sacrifice, political intelligence, sport diplomacy and morale. The Olympic Games proclaims the strength and pride of these characteristics. Even in the preparatory, bidding phase everyone has to pass the test of national unity before the eyes of the world, and the country that wins the right to host the Games may spend seven wonderful years in the international limelight. Success in staging the Olympics attracts worldwide attention. A nation is glorified and wins long-lasting renown abroad alongside national esteem at home.
BOM’s aim is to establish the most important criterion for attaining Hungary’s greatest dream, namely to submit Budapest’s bid in June, 2007 for staging the 2016 Summer Olympic Games with the full support of the Municipality of Budapest, the Hungarian Olympic Committee, the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian Parliament. Hungary’s aim is to host the next Olympic Games in Europe, following the 2012 London Games. That is why BOM has set itself the principal task of informing decision-makers and the public on the advantages, effects, and risks of the Budapest Olympics, along with all the detailed information that is important in coming to a responsible decision. Therefore, as well as running the communications mechanism aimed at popularizing the Olympics, BOM also undertakes to update the “Olympics 2012” feasibility study that was commissioned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2001 and prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 for the 2016 Hungarian Olympics. BOM also undertakes to make this study available and usable to everyone.
The members of the Movement carry out their work free of charge as volunteers of the Olympic spirit. If you agree with BOM’s ambitions and would like to support us in bringing the Olympic Games to Hungary, come and join us! As a supporting member you may join us on the “Registration” page of our website according to the conditions given there.
If you would like Hungary’s Olympic cause to achieve success through the strongest possible marketing and communication campaign, please send your contribution to the bank account of the Budapest Olympics Movement No. 11711041-20865289 at OTP Bank Nyrt. Thank you!