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Young people collect signatures against Budapest’s Olympic bid

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

Left-liberal commentators resolutely oppose the government’s plans to host the 2024 Olympic Games, but are undecided about Momentum (Momo for short), the movement founded by Hungarian graduates of British universities who are promoting a referendum against the project. READ MORE

Campaign against Hungary’s Olympic bid

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

The Momentum Movement, a new youth organization has started to collect signatures to call a referendum to derail the Budapest 2024 Olympic bid. 35,000 were collected in the first 3 days, of 138,000 necessary. Commentators assess the political implications of the Olympic bid as well as the referendum initiative. READ MORE

Olympic culture war

Monday, August 29th, 2016

In their overall assessment of the Rio Olympic Games, Hungarian pundits interpret the performance of Hungarian athletes and the importance of sports in highly ideological and overly politicized terms.  READ MORE

The politics of the Olympic Games

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A left-wing commentator accuses the main public TV channel covering the Rio games of spreading the government’s anti-immigrant message. A conservative pundit thinks that the Left is using the Olympic games to criticize the government. READ MORE

Day one of the Rio Olympics

Saturday, August 6th, 2016

A left-wing columnist deplores the operational shortcomings of the Games and thinks these will impair the chances of Budapest’s candidacy for the 2024 Olympics. A right-wing commentator finds that basically everything is on track in Rio. READ MORE

Two Hungarian kayakers withdrawn from the Olympic team after failing dope test

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

Népszabadság thinks the blame should be laid at the door of officials who make a good living risking the health of young athletes. READ MORE

Top court rejects referendum on Budapest’s Olympic bid

Friday, January 22nd, 2016


Liberal commentators portray Wednesday’s decision by the Kúria, Hungary’s supreme court to reject a referendum on Budapest’s bid for the 2024 Olympic games, as politically motivated. READ MORE

Olympic bonuses criticized

Monday, August 27th, 2012

A liberal weekly considers the lavish financial rewards offered to Olympic finalists by the government disproportionately large. READ MORE

Hungary’s expat Olympic fans

Saturday, August 11th, 2012

Hungarian athletes are getting surprisingly strong backing from supporters at the Olympic Games in London. Népszabadság’s analyst believes most of them are Hungarians working in Great Britain. READ MORE