A year from now, the world will come together in Budapest, Hungary to celebrate the pinnacle of athletics competition, the World Athletics Championships Budapest 23.
In exactly 365 days, on August 19, 2023, the biggest sporting event in Hungary’s history will begin. To mark the occasion, the organizers unveiled the event’s logo by releasing a short video. The footage is a warm invitation to the world to come together to witness the beauty of athletics and the next World Championships host city. The film features Budapest’s landmarks along the magnificent Danube and ends with the Statue of Liberty as depicted in the logo.
The Statue of Liberty, a charismatic female figure holding aloft a palm branch, a symbol of victory and heroism, the reward of ancient athletes, is both a landmark in Budapest’s World Heritage landscape and a symbol of the superheroes who achieve superhuman results on the athletics track , field and road.
While traditional Hungarian hospitality is recognized worldwide, the country has also put itself on the map of major international sporting events in recent years. In athletics, Hungary has hosted all age group and adult world championships, with the exception of the forthcoming outdoor world championships. The competition is the third largest sporting event in the world with more than a billion followers worldwide.
WCH Budapest 23 is all about showing the world the best Hungary has to offer, the true celebration of sport on a unique stage. It’s about delivering a showcase of athletics whose fans from around the world will see that the queen of the sport has never shined so beautifully.
A brand new venue will make the 2023 World Athletics Championships even more exciting. Still under construction, the new National Athletics Center has just taken its final form: the crown of the Queen of Sport.
After the event, the stadium will be the most important competition venue and training center for Hungarian athletics and a first-class athletics facility in Central Europe. The facility will not only give competitive sports a big boost, but also mass and youth sports. Residents and students of Budapest will find training tracks, jogging tracks, street training and many other opportunities for sports and recreation with a scenic view of the Danube and the city.
“One year before the start I can proudly say that the organization is going very well and we are ready to host a fantastic World Cup. With athletes from more than 200 participating countries and hundreds of thousands of fans, we are more than ready to show our country and this wonderful sport to global audiences,” said Péter Deutsch, CEO of the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
Miklós Gyulai, President of the Hungarian Athletics Federation, added: “Hungarians were thrilled to take the baton from Oregon at a time when the athletics calendar is really packed with exciting events. This is not only important from a sporting point of view, but also has a significant impact on future generations. The seeds of exercise must be planted from a very young age. And what could be a more appropriate sport than athletics, which is not only the most popular sport at the Olympics, but also the foundation of all forms of exercise.”
With many national athletes qualifying for world competitions, Hungarian athletics is on the rise again. This August, Hungary’s biggest athletics competition, the István Gyulai Memorial, saw the biggest stars in world athletics and the best Hungarian athletes compete in front of a packed stadium, a very important event just a year before the World Championships.
World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said: “Europe has always been one of the strongholds of athletics and we are delighted to travel to Central Europe for the first time for the Outdoor World Championships. Hungary has a very rich sporting history and has proven to be an excellent host of major sporting events, including athletics competitions, and Budapest is a stunning city that will provide the perfect backdrop for the world’s best athletes. The local organizing committee hopes to organize the best World Championships ever and I applaud their ambition. We should always try to raise the bar at our premier event, just like our athletes.”
History will surround the world’s athletes in Budapest as they strive to make their own history. The Hungarian Athletics Federation, a founding member of World Athletics, is 125 years old and the European federation was founded in Budapest in 1934. In 2023 it will be 150 years since Budapest was founded, its historical sites and world-famous panorama will be visible to all who follow the marathon and walking races in the city center and along the Danube. The routes take place along the stunning Andrássy Street, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Alongside the August 20th competition, all athletes and visitors can attend a very special celebration of the founding of the state by the nation’s first king. The highlight of the day will be a spectacular fireworks display launched from ships on the Danube.
Bence Halász, member of Team Hungary, bronze medalist of the World Hammer Throw Championships, said: “It is an honor and a great pleasure to be part of the generation of Hungarian athletes that will host the athletes of the world in our country. I can hardly wait to enter the new stadium and finally measure myself against the best in the world in front of my home crowd. This will be a huge boost for us and for generations to come.”
From August 19th to 27th, 2023, fans can participate in seven morning sessions and nine evening sessions and experience heartwarming victories, amazing records and golden moments every day.
The anticipation of the World Athletics Championships Budapest 2023, for which ticket sales will start in the 4th quarter of 2022, is already great. The LOC prepares a number of different packet types. No fan should miss the opportunity to watch the superstars of athletics compete in a packed stadium.