Hungary’s Olympic Committee is preparing a bid to host the 2032 Summer Games in Budapest with a view to joining the race in which Australia has taken an early front-running role.
When the Hungarian capital dropped out of the 2024 race four years ago, under pressure to call a referendum, it left the International Olympic Committee clear to reward both candidates left – Paris, who got 2024, and Los Angeles, who took the 2028 Games.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, supports sports hosting, with Budapest having put on the swimming world championships in 2017 and also won the right to stage the 2027 edition.
The city will also stage games at soccer’s European Championship this year.
Hungarian Olympic officials have appointed economist Attila Szalay-Berzeviczy to lead a panel making a feasibility study, which will take until next year.
The International Olympic Committee has created a new bidding process aiming to be more pro-active and cut costs.
It will approach favoured cities in a rolling dialogue and could decide before the traditional deadline seven years before the Games open.
An Australian bid, centred on Brisbane but also involving the staging of events on the nearby Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, has been an early front-runner in the 2032 race.
“Our bid in comparison to the rest of the world is a very strong bid,” Australian Olympic Committee boss John Coates told reporters in December.
A number of other countries have also expressed interest in making a bid, including Germany, Spain, India, Indonesia and a joint bid from North and South Korea.