LA, Paris left in race for 2024 Summer Olympics after Budapest withdraws

Budapest is one of only three cities still in the running to host the 2024 Games - together with Paris and Los Angeles - after Hamburg and Rome withdrew their respective bids.

Hungary's governing party Fidesz said Wednesday the decision to drop the bid came to avoid "a loss of worldwide prestige" for the country, according to the Associated Press. Long thought to be the top contenders, Los Angeles and Paris will continue vying for the honor. "That is why the government of Hungary proposes to withdraw the candidacy from the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic games in Budapest, addressed to both the Budapest City Hall and the National Olympic Committee", the government said.

Without Budapest in the mix, the 2024 Games will be awarded to either Los Angeles or Paris when the International Olympic Committee meets this September in Peru.

The third candidate in the host city race has encountered sizable public resistance from a Hungarian political group that collected some 266,000 signatures to force a referendum on the issue.

Wednesday's decision was made at a meeting between Tarlos, Prime Minister Viktor Orban and the chairman of the Hungarian Olympic committee.


So far, bid leaders from L.A. and Paris have said they remain focused only on 2024.

With so many cities reticent to take on the mammoth task of staging the Games, there has been talk that International Olympic Committee members might seek to name two winners at the next vote, awarding 2024 to one city and 2028 to another.

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

The IOC will select the host city at a vote in Lima, Peru in September 2017.

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