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Hungarian Olympic Committee president: Urban sports qualifier appeals to new age groups

The Budapest stop of the inaugural Olympic Qualifier Series for urban sports has appealed to new age groups who showed little interest in the Games until now, Zsolt Gyulay, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB), said at the Ludovika campus on Sunday.

The Ludovika campus is hosting the contest, on June 20-23, where athletes in BMX freestyle, breaking, skateboarding and sport climbing can secure a spot at the Olympic Games in Paris.

Gyulay said one of the most important results of the four-day qualifier, which wound up on International Olympic Day, was the chance to reach age groups that didn’t follow the Olympic Games.

“That might seem strange to people who follow traditional sports, but if we look at sport climbing which has been included on the Olympic programme in a period of under four years, then these sports will soon come into their own,” he added.

Hungary was the second stop in the Olympic Qualifier Series after Shanghai. Four Hungarians competed, but none made the cut for the Paris Games.

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