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Apr 07, 2017

Budapest to bid for 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships

The Hungarian capital still plans to build many of the facilities they proposed if they were awarded the Olympic games. This includes the main Olympic Stadium along the banks of the River Danube, which would host the IAAF World Championships

Budapest is hoping to secure the hosting rights to the 2023 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships, it has been revealed.

According to insidethegames.biz, discussions have already started between Hungarian officials and the IAAF.

Balázs Fürjes, chair of Budapest 2024 and government commissioner for flagship Budapest developments, revealed during the SportAccord Convention that the Hungarian capital still plans to build many of the facilities they proposed if they were awarded the Olympic games.

This includes the main Olympic Stadium along the banks of the River Danube, which would host the IAAF World Championships.

"The government confirmed after we withdrew the bid that every planned venue will still be built," Fürjes told insidethegames. "We always promised we would do that. It means the 2024 bid can be relevant in 2028 or 2032."

The proposal to host the IAAF World Championships was put forward by the Hungarian Athletics Association (MASZ) and Fürjes met with its President Miklós Gyulai last week before holding talks with IAAF President Sebastian Coe.

"With the Budapest 2024 infrastructure developments going ahead, independent of the bid being withdrawn, it is only sensible to make use of them," MASZ chief executive Márton Gyulai said.

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