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Nov 09, 2016

Hungarian government replaces National Olympic Committee

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) had taken sole control of budget planning and allocation decisions but will now fall to a new government department

A sweeping reform of Hungarian sports laws has been passed by the country's Parliament that will see the National Olympic Committee lose many of its powers and roles as decisions are instead made by the government.

insidethegames.biz reports that until now, the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) had taken sole control of budget planning and allocation for all aspects of sporting apparatus. This included appointing presidents and other senior positions within Olympic Federations.

New changes approved by a large majority of legislators, however, mean that these decisions will now fall to a government department. The changes are due to come into force January 1, 2017.

In a statement, Budapest 2024 claimed to support the changes and vowed to continue their good relationship with the MOB.

“The Budapest Bid looks forward to continuing good relationships with our friends at the HOC, the Government and the City of Budapest," said bid leader Balázs Fürjes.

"We are united in the quest to secure the honour of hosting the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

"The vision of an Olympic Games in Budapest in 2024 is a source of great national pride.”