A MOB és a MPB stratégiai partnere

United by a common goal

Following Hungary's accession to NATO and the European Union, the occasion of selecting a host city for the 2012 Olympic Games made it timely to seriously consider the long cherished idea of the Budapest Olympic Games and to take dynamic steps to realize it. As a result, on November 24, 2005, fifteen companies that play a decisive role in the Hungarian economy, together with a group of a hundred actors e.g. successful managing directors, media experts, well-known public figures and famous athletes founded the expressly non-political and non-profit association under the name BOM, which promotes the cause of the Budapest Olympics in the form of a movement. 

BOM joins together respected forces who are convinced that the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games being staged in Hungary would be extremely beneficial to the development and international respect of both the country and the capital, as well as to the lives of the people living there. The founders of BOM agree that hosting the Olympic Games would encourage investments and large-scale projects, create tens of thousands of jobs, invigorate tourism, develop infrastructure, and unite the nation as never before whilst offering hope and new opportunities to Hungarian sportsmen of both the present and future.

With its array of 157 gold, 137 silver and 158 bronze Olympic medals, Hungary is the 7th most successful sporting nation in the history of the Summer Olympics, and is in 3rd place, if we consider the number of Olympic medals per person. Despite, Hungary is the only one of the ten countries leading the Olympic championship table that has never had the opportunity to stage the Summer Olympic Games. The 1920 Games were in fact awarded to the Hungarian capital, but due to the defeat in World War I Hungary not only forfeited the right to organize the Games, but Hungarian athletes were not allowed to participate in the Antwerp Games. In 1936, Budapest failed against Berlin in the competition to hold the Olympic Games, and its bid for the 1944 Games was annulled by World War II. After the 1952 Helsinki Games, which were the most successful Olympics for Hungary, Budapest tried in vain to obtain the right to stage the Olympic Games in 1960; as no one wished to award international attention and honor to a communist dictatorship, it was Rome that came in first. The idea of staging the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games was last raised in 2001, however a bid was not even submitted due to domestic politics. 

Budapest’s advantage over other bidding cities lies in its location in the most dynamically developing region of the world. This region has never staged either the Olympic Games, Football World Championships or European Championships. The founders of BOM are convinced that sooner or later Central and Eastern Europe should obtain such a possibility and they are also positive that Budapest is the region’s most perfect venue for the Olympic Games. For the first time in its history the summer Games would rely not on a sea or ocean but on the Lake Balaton, one of the largest and most beautiful lakes in Europe. Together with the Danube it would give the Hungarian Olympics an exceptional character.

At the beginning of the 21st century the Olympic Games, as an international competition of nations, represents not only a sports event but also an international competition of creative force, ability to mobilize and organize, innovative skills, architectural knowledge, willingness to sacrifice, political intelligence, sports diplomacy and morale. The Olympic Games proclaims the strength and pride of these characteristics. Even in the preparatory, bidding phase everyone has to pass the test of national unity before the eyes of the world, and the country that wins the right to host the Games may spend seven wonderful years in the international limelight. Success in staging the Olympics attracts worldwide attention. A nation is glorified and wins long-lasting renown abroad alongside national esteem at home. 

BOM’s aim is to establish the most important criterion for attaining Hungary’s greatest dream, namely to submit Budapest’s bid in the summer of 2011 for staging the 2020 Summer Olympic Games with the full support of the Municipality of Budapest, the Hungarian Olympic Committee, the Hungarian Government and the Hungarian Parliament. Hungary’s aim is to host the next Olympic Games in Europe, which will - by realistic expectations - once again be held in Europe following the 2012 London Games. That is why BOM has set itself the principal task of informing decision-makers and the public on the advantages, effects, and risks of the Budapest Olympics, along with all the detailed information that is important in coming to a responsible decision. Therefore, along with running the communications mechanism aimed at popularizing the Olympics, BOM also undertakes to update the “Olympics 2012” feasibility study that was commissioned by the Ministry of Youth and Sports in 2001 and prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers in 2002 for the 2016 Hungarian Olympics bid. BOM also undertakes to make this study available and usable to everyone. Moreover, the civil organization has initiated and financed the drawing up of the Olympic Act in preparation of the proposal for 2011, which will then be enacted by the parliament through the consensus of the five political parties in Parliament. 

The members of the Movement carry out their work free of charge as volunteers of the Olympic spirit. If you agree with BOM’s ambitions and would like to support us in bringing the Olympic Games to Hungary, come and join us! As a supporting member you may join us on the “Registration” page of our website according to the conditions provided there.