“Budapest is a new force among Sports Host Cities. Second between 2017-2023 in the Global Sport Cities Index, host of a hugely successful FINA Aquatics World Championship and the World Judo Championship in 2017 and European Capital of Sport for 2019, Budapest has taken its place on the stage among the world’s greats.


Because we are a city that has a unique passion for sport. 485,000 spectators packed the venues at the FINA World Championship last summer and a further 400,000 Hungarians flocked to the Fan Zones to take part in the spectacle. We are a people with sport in our DNA.


Because we are a tried, trusted and tested host. The 2017 Judo World Championships in Budapest brought together 726 competitors from 126 different nations in front of huge crowds. With events only from last year as diverse as FINA Aquatics World Championship, Formula 1, the Red Bull Air Race, EHF Champions League Final4, LEN Champions League Final6 and the European Youth Olympic Festival, Budapest has the creativity and capability to stage world-class eye-catching events.


Because we have a great sporting future ahead. We have magnificent venues such as the new Duna Arena Aquatics Centre built in a record time, less than two years. And we are pressing on with the development of Budapest’s city infrastructure as we create a modern and interconnected sort city at the heart of one of Europe’s most stunning natural urban environments. Our stunning capital will welcome five world championships in 2019 and Budapest will become a magnet for European football fans as we host four matches in the UEFA Euro tournament in 2020.  

Our ambitions do not rest here. We will bid to bring the IAAF World Championships to Budapest in 2023, to be hosted in our brand new athletics venue, planned for excellence and performance. And we dream one day of bringing the Summer Olympics for the first time to this founding nation of the International Olympic Movement. 

And we look forward to welcoming you too, as a visitor or fan.”



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