Campaigners in new call for referendum on Budapest 2024 bid
Budapest 2024, the Hungarian capital's in the running to host that year's Olympic Games, is facing the threat of yet another referendum over the bid.
Momentum Mozgalom, a youth organisation in the country, is the latest group to launch a campaign to halt the bid.
Its 'NOlimpia' campaign wants to ask the public the question: “Do you agree that the Municipality of Budapest should withdraw its bid from the organisation of the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games?”
As per legislation in Hungary, Momentum Mozgalom will be given three weeks to gather the 140,000 signatures needed to force a vote, which is deemed a tough task. This requirement has already put paid to calls for a referendum from Hungarian investigative journalist Katalin Erdélyi.
Last year, Budapest's city council rejected a proposal led by the Socialist Party, along with two minor parties, for a referendum on the 2024 bid.
The Budapest 2024 bid team has regularly defended its decision not to hold a referendum for the Olympics bid, citing cross-party political support and the backing of the Hungarian public.
Budapest is vying with Los Angeles and Paris to stage the 2024 Olympics, with the International Olympic Committee due to select the host city on 13 September.