World Rowing keen on Budapest 2024 using capital rather than Szeged, bid chairman claims

World Rowing would prefer Budapest 2024 to host the sport in the city rather than outside of the capital as had been proposed in the Candidature Files, bid chairman Balázs Fürjes told insidethegames.

The Bid Committee were planning to use Szeged, around 174 kilometres from Budapest, as the venue for rowing events should they be successful in their attempt to bring the Olympic and Paralympic Games to Hungary for the first time.

Szeged is due to host canoe sprint on an existing course on which the 1998, 2006 and 2011 World Championships took place and had been earmarked to also potentially host rowing.

But the sport’s worldwide governing body are keen on using a venue on the Danube, which is due to be built regardless of the Games, according to Fürjes.

“We are heavily engaged in dialogues with the International Federation, we have a fantastic facility and they like it, we could have the rowing competition there,” he said.

“It is very important to participate in this process with open ears – we are here to listen and learn.

“But we learned from the International Rowing Federation that they might like better Budapest as a venue and there are plans to develop a Rowing Centre there so we are considering and discussing with the Federation should we re-position the rowing competition.

“Other very small changes might happen but the plan is fairly established.”

Fürjes also confirmed the firm plan is to have athletes commute down the river to the venues in the Danube Cluster, which insidethegames exclusively revealed back in January.

“From this location you can definitely see the Danube is a wonder of Budapest,” he said.

“We intentionally positioned the Village, main Olympic park, stadium and Aquatics Centre on the Danube and it is a natural choice that the main roads and the river itself should be used for commuting the athletes, officials and spectators.

“It is a plan, for the athletes definitely.

“It will be a joyful 20 minutes looking at the sights of Budapest – the bridges, the castle and the Parliament and everything else as in summer time, it looks fantastic.”

 

This article originally appeared at http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1036475/world-rowing-keen-on-budapest-2024-using-capital-rather-than-szeged-bid-chairman-claims

Tom Morgan

Previous editor of Row360, publisher of Junior Rowing News, freelance writer for the Daily Telegraph, the Huffington Post, Vital Football and others. Student at the University of Southampton.

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