WA President Seb Coe addresses WAC Budapest 2023 closing ceremony on August 27 MTI photo/Tibor Illyes
Coe told an international press conference that the World Athletics Championships had been hosted by Budapest at the highest quality.
“This is an ambitious city, this is an ambitious country, and I have no reason to doubt they would put up a very credible bid,” he said commenting on a potential bid by Budapest to host the Olympics.
“I can’t remember a better atmosphere at a world championship,” he added.
Coe said most international ticket saled had gone to British, German, US, French and Spanish fans and more than half a billion people followed the events over television during the first half of the championships.
State secretary for sports Adam Schmidt told the event that he hoped the many sports diplomats and sports managers who attended the world championships and personally experienced its quality in Budapest would support Hungary’s endeavour to host the Olympics.
Balazs Furjes, co-leader of the organining committee, told MTI that the success of the “largest ever sports event in Hungary” was also demonstrated by the main figures. Over 2,200 athletes from 195 countries competed at the event and the number of trainers and additional team members was well above 5,000, he said. Some 2,500 Hungarian volunteers offered their services to fans and participants, with fans coming from more than 120 countries, he added. The number of tickets sold was above 400,000, exceeding the expectation of the World Athletics international organisation, he said.