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Budapest’s 2024 Olympics bid moving forward

Hungarian Olympic Committee president Zsolt Borkai (left) and Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos (center) are both behind the bid.
Hungarian Olympic Committee president Zsolt Borkai (left) and Budapest Mayor Istvan Tarlos (center) are both behind the bid.Attila Kovacs/MTI/AP

BUDAPEST — Hungarian lawmakers have voted in support of a bid by the capital city of Budapest to host the 2024 Summer Games.

The bid has already received the backing of the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the Budapest city council, with the government’s approval expected soon.

Boston, Paris, Rome, and Hamburg are considered the main contenders for the 2024 Games.

The resolution presented by Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz party and its Christian Democrat allies was also supported Monday by the far-right Jobbik party but rejected by the opposition parties.

Optimistic about the financial results of organizing the event, lawmakers asked the government to use any extra budget revenues primarily to develop Hungary’s health sector.

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