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Official: World Athletics Championships shows ‘global success of joining forces’

The World Athletics Championships in Budapest showed the global success of joining forces, the co-leader of the organining committee said on Monday.

Balazs Furjes 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.

During the nine days of the championships, the average occupancy of the events venue was over 95 percent during the evening finals and the majority of finals were sold out, he said.

Furjes said on Facebook earlier on Monday that in agreement with WA president Sebastian Coe, he had proposed granting an International Fair Play award to the volunteers who assisted at events during the championships.

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