Post Tagged with: "Olympics"

Viktor Orbán

Hungarian regime withdraws Budapest Olympic bid

After days of chaotic and inconsistent communication, the Orbán regime announced that it is withdrawing the bid to host the 2024 Summer Games in Budapest. That only leaves Paris and Los Angeles in the running. Initially, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán simply attempted to distance himself and his government from the fall-out after the Momentum Movement and allied opposition parties exceeded […]

by · February 22, 2017 · Politics
Say no to the Olympics, say yes to our future!

Opposition success in Hungary: 266,000 sign petition against Budapest Olympics

The fledgling Momentum Mozgalom had the challenging task of collecting at least 138,000 signatures within just 30 days, in order to force a referendum on withdrawing the Budapest bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. On Friday morning, Momentum’s young leaders announced that they, along with some of the smallest opposition parties, had collected more than 266,000 signatures. Initially, the […]

by · February 17, 2017 · Politics
András Fekete-Győr of Momentum, collecting signatures in Budapest. Photo: MTI.

Is the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid doomed? A majority of Hungarians oppose it

The Momentum Mozgalom’s campaign to launch a referendum that would force Budapest City Council to withdraw their bid to host the 2024 Summer Games is heading into its final, critical stretch. According to the most recent statistics, Momentum–with the help of the Politics Can Be Different green party (LMP), the Együtt party, Párbeszéd (Dialogue) and some modest assistance from Socialist […]

by · February 9, 2017 · Politics
Miklós Hajnal

More than 40,000 Hungarians sign petition for referendum against Budapest 2024 Olympics

In just four days, Momentum Movement and opposition parties that have been assisting them, have gathered 40,000 signatures out of a required 138,000 to hold a referendum this spring demanding the withdrawal of the Budapest 2024 candidacy to host the Summer Olympics, according to Népszava. Activists still have over three weeks to keep collecting signatures. In a separate interview, Anna […]

by · January 24, 2017 · Politics
Say no to the Olympics, say yes to our future!

Hungarian Millennials say “no” to Budapest 2024 Olympics and spearhead referendum

A group of Hungarians in their twenties and thirties called Momentum Mozgalom (Momentum Movement), which sees itself entering the political arena ahead of the 2018 national elections, has received the go-ahead from both the Budapest Election Committee and the Supreme Court of Hungary for a proposed referendum on withdrawing the Hungarian bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympics. Momentum must […]

by · January 16, 2017 · Politics
Olympic Park in Budapest.

No Olympics for Budapest? Hungarian journalist proposes referendum to oppose 2024 Summer Games

Hungarian journalist Katalin Erdélyi submitted a referendum proposal to the National Election Commission, in the hope of giving Hungarian citizens the right to vote on whether Budapest should continue its bid to host the 2024 Summer Games. Both the Hungarian government and the Budapest municipal government are enthusiastically supporting the bid to host the Olympics in the Hungarian capital, even […]

by · September 6, 2016 · Culture
Casey Barrett's article in Swimming World.

Katinka Hosszú wins at the Olympics but loses at court

Katinka Hosszú represented Hungary in Rio and she had a fabulous Olympics. She won three gold medals and one silver, a truly astounding sport achievement! Last May an editorial appeared in the Arizona-based magazine Swimming World that questioned whether Hosszú uses performance enhancing drugs. The commentary by Casey Barrett was entitled: Are Katinka Hosszú’s performances being aided? Barrett indicated that […]

by · August 15, 2016 · Culture
Katinka Hosszú wins gold and breaks world record. Photo: MTI.

Hungary wins gold, breaks record on Olympics Day 1, but why did public television censor the coverage?

Hungary has good reason to be proud after the first full day of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Twenty-seven year old swimmer Katinka Hosszú not only won the gold medal in the 400 metre individual medley, but also beat the world record with her time of 4:26.36. This distinction was previously held by Ye Shiwen, a Chinese swimmer. Ms. […]

by · August 7, 2016 · Culture