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Budapest 2024 claim they represent a "different direction" in Olympic bidding race

Budapest 2024 claim "momentum is building" and they are the only city in the Olympic and Paralympic race to offer a "genuine alternative".

The Hungarian capital is locked in a three-horse battle with Los Angeles and Paris ahead of their first international presentations, due to take place at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) General Assembly here tomorrow. 

Budapest is the only one of the trio not to have hosted a Games before - with Los Angeles having done so in 1932 and 1984 after Paris had played host in 1900 and 1924.

They hope to use their presentation to convince International Olympic Committee (IOC) members that they are a viable candidate who can illustrate how smaller cities are capable of hosting the Games.

"We represent a different direction in size and economies of scale," bid vice-president Laszlo Vajda told insidethegames today.

"We believe we can widen the set of cities, regions and countries who can now objectively and clearly think, hope and dream about hosting the Games.

"The size and the difference of scale I think is a great differentiator for us.

"We believe we can turn this into an advantage."

The city is largely seen as an outsider at this stage, with IOC members appearing far more aware of the bids from Los Angeles and Paris.

Vadja accepts this to an extent but claims they are enjoying success and expect to increasingly do so.

"I believe we are getting there, and are building the momentum we need in the final days in Lima," the official, who worked for Beijing's successful bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics last year, added.

"We are beyond where I would have expected we would be today.

"I think our momentum will be further built here and our messages will start resonating even more.

"We have a brand new concept of Budapest and this is what we hope will be recognised more and more by the IOC membership."

One possible weakness for Budapest 2024 is a relative lack of experienced Olympic bidding officials in comparison with their rivals.

One key lobbyist is IOC member and former Hungarian President Pal Schmitt.

He is present here and is also President of Budapest 2024 - although this appears a largely symbolic role behind bid chairman Balázs Fürjes.

Swimmer Daniel Gyurta was elected to the IOC Athletes' Commission during Rio 2016, meaning they now have two members. 

Gyurta, winner of an Olympic gold medal in the 200 metres breaststroke at London 2012, is not present here, however.

He also missed last week's Commission meeting in Lausanne, due to a medical condition which means he is unable to travel.

The IOC are due to elect a host city for 2024 at its Session in Peru's capital Lima on September 13 next year.

Source: http://www.insidethegames.biz/articles/1043684/budapest-2024-claim-they-represent-a-different-direction-in-olympic-bidding-race