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Hungary claims success with 2017 Judo World Championship bid

The Hungarian government has claimed success in the eastern European country’s bid to stage the 2017 Judo World Championship.

State Secretary for Sport István Simicskó told a press conference that the government has agreed to guarantee the hosting of the event and associated International Judo Federation (IJF) Congress, according to the Hungary Today website.

Hungary is now awaiting the IJF’s formal confirmation of its status as host venue, meaning it will have seen off rival bids from Mongolia, Qatar and China. László Tóth, chairman of Hungary’s national judo federation, described this process as “a mere formality.”

Budapest hosted judo’s 2013 European Championship and the Hungarian capital began a three-year run on the IJF’s Grand Prix calendar last year.

The cost of hosting the event is projected to be HUF2bn (€6.4m/$7.3m), which will be provided to the Hungarian Judo Federation from the state budget.