Hun­gary votes to strip its Olympic Com­mit­tee of pow­ers

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BU­DAPEST:

Hun­gary ap­proved yes­ter­day a sweep­ing re­form of its sports laws that will see the na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee stripped of most of its pow­ers and roles, as Bu­dapest vies to host 2024 Games. The changes, due to come into force on Jan­uary 1, 2017, fol­low re­ports in lo­cal me­dia that sports-mad Prime Min­is­ter Vik­tor Or­ban was un­happy with the Hun­gar­ian team’s per­for­mance at the Olympic Games in Rio in Au­gust. Un­til now, the na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (MOB) had been in charge of bud­get plan­ning and al­lo­ca­tion for all com­pet­ing sports branches. It was also re­spon­si­ble for ap­point­ing the heads and se­nior fig­ures of Olympic sports fed­er­a­tions. But the new changes, ap­proved by a large ma­jor­ity of law­mak­ers, mean that all these ma­jor de­ci­sions will now fall to a gov­ern­ment depart­ment. His­tor­i­cally an Olympic pow­er­house de­spite a pop­u­la­tion of less than 10 mil­lion, Hun­gary won 15 medals in Rio — eight golds, three sil­vers and four bronzes-and fin­ished 12th in the medal ta­ble.—AFP

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