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New commission formed to drive Budapest 2024’s ‘athletes first’ vision

The Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) has established a 31-member athletes commission that will seek to advise and promote Budapest’s bid for the 2024 summer Olympic Games.

The commission will be chaired by Olympic swimming champion Agnes Kovacs, who competed for Hungary in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, winning gold in the women’s 200m breaststroke at Sydney 2000.

Fellow Olympic champions such as gymnasts Krisztian Berki and Agnes Keleti, canoer Akos Vereckei and judoka Antal Kovacs are also on the commission as Budapest 2024 seeks to deliver on the “athletes first” motto that forms part of its bid.

The commission members, who have won about 25 per cent of Hungary’s 168 Olympic gold medals, will focus on raising awareness of the Games among the country’s youth and promote sports as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Budapest is bidding for the 2024 summer Games alongside Los Angeles, Paris and Rome. The election of the host city will take place in September next year at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Lima, Peru.