Hungaryâ€™s government announced on Wednesday it would withdraw Budapestâ€™s bid to host the 2024 summer Olympics, citing a lack of political and national unity behind the application, and blamed it on its opposition.
Bidding alongside Los Angeles and Paris, Budapest had been considered a long-shot candidate, pinning its hopes on the International Olympic Committeeâ€™s Agenda 2020 initiative.
The Budapest mayor, Istvan Tarlos, had suggested the city might quit the race after local opponents of the bid last week submitted a quarter of a million signatures in a petition demanding a local referendum on the issue.
â€œFor Budapest and Hungary the Olympics is a national issue,â€ the government said in a resolution published on the national news agency MTI. â€œIn recent months the earlier unity has broken down and the issue of the Olympics has turned from a national issue into a party issue. Opposition parties are responsible for this, those who backtracked on their earlier decision [to back the bid].â€
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