29 Nov 2019
IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the Prime Minister of Hungary, Viktor Orbán, to Olympic House in Lausanne on Friday.
President Bach gave Mr Orbán a tour of the new headquarters, which is one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. During the visit, Mr Orbán signed the IOC’s “golden book”, noting: “You probably don’t know how important you are for the young generation in this dangerous modern world.”
The two leaders discussed Hungary’s participation in the upcoming Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and, in a meeting lasting more than an hour, they also noted the importance of safeguarding the European sports model, which both agreed was vital to the development of sport on the continent. They also discussed the many high-level sports events being staged in Hungary and in Budapest, including upcoming European and World Championships.Joining the Prime Minister’s delegation for the visit were IOC Member and Olympic fencer Pál Schmitt, who is also a former President of Hungary, and IOC Member and Olympic swimming champion Daniel Gyurta. The delegation was also joined by State Secretary Balázs Fürjes and General Councillor Mario David.