Budapest city council approves venues for 2024 Olympic bid

John Coates, Yoshiro Mori
International Olympic Committee (IOC) Vice President and IOC Coordination Commission for Tokyo 2020 Chair John Coates, left, and Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori smile during a press conference following the 5th Project Review for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 in Tokyo, Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Budapest’s city council has approved the list of venues to be included in its bid for the 2024 Olympics.

The project includes the construction of a 60,000-capacity stadium for track and field, a velodrome, a tennis complex with a 10,000-seat main court, as well as temporary facilities downtown for events such as beach volleyball and archery. Many of the venues are planned to be temporary, while others will be scaled back after the games.

Several events, including golf, rowing and equestrian, and preliminaries of the basketball, handball and soccer events would be held outside Budapest.

At its session on Wednesday, the council also rejected a proposal by opposition parties to hold a referendum on the bid.

Budapest is competing with Los Angeles, Paris and Rome for the 2024 Games.

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