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Oct 13, 2017

Budapest is clear favorite to host 2023 IAAF World Championships

The proposal to host the IAAF World Championships was put forward by the Hungarian Athletics Association (MASZ) earlier this year, and will continue with development plans put in place for the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid

Budapest is now a clear favorite to host the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships after an African country announced it will wait until 2025 to bid for the sporting event.

According to insidethegames.biz, Hamad Malboum Kalkaba, president of the Confederation of African Athletics (CAA), believes 2023 is too early for his continent. 

The proposal to host the IAAF World Championships was put forward by the Hungarian Athletics Association (MASZ) earlier this year, and will continue with development plans put in place for the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid.

"With the Budapest 2024 infrastructure developments going ahead, independent of the bid being withdrawn, it is only sensible to make use of them," MASZ chief executive Márton Gyulai said.

The winner of the internationally renowned sporting event is set to receive a massive boost to sport, tourism and the economy. This year's IAAF event in London has been the most successful yet.

Official figures show that more than 700,000 tickets were sold for the championships, which far exceeded the previous attendance record of 417,156 sold for the 2009 event in Berlin.