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Budapest and Hungarian government in dispute over World Athletics Championships

A panoramic view at the Danube river and the Liberty Bridge in Budapest (by Attila Husejnow/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Budapest’s Mayor, Gergely Karácsony, has found himself at loggerheads with the Hungarian government over the staging of the 2023 World Athletics Championships in the city amid the proposed development of a new campus for China’s Fudan University.

Budapest’s metropolitan assembly yesterday (Wednesday) approved a proposal brought forward by Karácsony declaring that the capital will not host the Championships if the government approves the construction of a campus for the Shanghai-based university in place of the Student City in Budapest’s ninth district.

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