Everything is on track seventy-three days ahead of theÂ biggest sporting event ever hosted in Hungary, Minister of National Development MiklÃ³s SesztÃ¡k said Tuesday during a press conference hosted by the 2017 FINA organizing committee, despite projected costs exceeding five times original estimates.
According to Napi.hu, SesztÃ¡k said that while the cost of organizing the FINA world swimming championshipsÂ is only HUF 32.9 billion, additional fees, licenses and other costs bring expendituresÂ up to HUF 38.6 billion. Such added costs include lodging for officials, athletes, and VIP guests, but also include the operating costs of the venues, dope testing, ticketing, and the opening and closing ceremonies.
SesztÃ¡k said the total cost of the preparatory and infrastructural work for the event comes out to some HUF 92 billion (USD 321 million), and claimedÂ that the overwhelming majority of these funds (HUF 85 billion) would have been spent even if Hungary had not hosted the swimming championships. These costs include reconstruction of the Pest-side riverbank and Margit Island, renovations at the DagÃ¡ly beach, and reconstruction of the HajÃ³s and SzÃ©chy, and CsÃ¡szÃ¡r-KomjÃ¡di swimming pools.
But the single most costly project related to the championships has been the Duna ArÃ©na swimming center, which cost taxpayers some HUF 41.6 billion, and was described by one journalist as looking like a â€œdepressing parking structure.â€
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