MOB 120: President of the European Olympic Committees appraised the city of Győr
As if this city were made up to host the EYOF – said Mr. Patrick Hickey, the President of the European Olympic Committees (EOC) about his experiences in Győr.
We organized a large celebration on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, where we invited several prominent persons, among them the chairman of the European Organization, too – said Mr. Zsolt Borkai, the mayor of Győr. 'Since we won the organisation right from the European Olympic Committees, I took advantage of the opportunity and invited the president of the EOC to our city, in order to let him experience personally the milieu of the city and to visit the competition venues. It was our honour, that he accepted our invitation.'
'We have strict regulations at the Olympic Committee that is why I had to ask for an extra permission to visit the 2017 host city, but I do not regret it. What I experienced in Győr, fascinated me very much.'- said Mr. Patrick Hickey. He added, while visiting the city centre and the sites he had the feeling, as if this city were made up to host the EYOF. 'Everything is given in your city to organize a compact, friendly and cosy festival.' He also told, Győr is an attractive destination for tourists and many athletes will be accompanied by their families, the city can benefit from the event with tourist income, too. To our question, whether he recommended anything to Mr. Zsolt Borkai, he answered, there is no need for it, because according to his experiences, the preparations are going well to host a successful festival.
Before the visit, the Hungarian Olympic Committee celebrated in Budapest its 120th anniversary, where Mr. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee appraised the traditionally excellent results of the Hungarian athletes. He said Hungary had a chance according to the content of the Agenda 2000 to host the five-ring-event. 'We are happy about the Hungarian application, this proves that the Agenda 2000 reached its objective. We warmly welcome Budapest and Hungary in the competition!' After his speech, the IOC president awarded a Coubertin-award to Mr. Zsolt Borkai, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee. Mr. Viktor Orbán, the prime minister of Hungary highlighted that Budapest was ready to take the opportunity to host the Olympic Games in 2024. Our bid is an issue of the whole nation and the committee enjoys the support of the Hungarian government. He pointed out, the Olympic Games in Budapest would be a great progress not only for Hungary, but for whole Middle-Europe.
Mr. Zsolt Borkai recalled that in the history of the Modern Olympic Games, 295 Hungarian athletes have become Olympic champion. When politics did not interrupt, Hungary always took part in the Olympic Games and at these occasions, the Hungarian national anthem has always been played on the Summer Olympics. He added that we celebrated our past by 'looking into the future and preparing for Rio, the EYOF Győr 2017 and the successful bid for the 2024 Olympic Games in Budapest.' He also highlighted that these aims can only be successfully achieved by collaborating. During the Assembly, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee evoked the successes of the past 120 years and emphasised that based on the results and traditions of Hungary, we deserve to win the right to organize the Olympic Games.