The Paris Olympics will be the biggest sporting event in the year 2024, the UEFA European Football Championship will also take place during the summer – with Hungarian participation.
The XXXIII. Summer Olympic Games will be held in the French capital between July 26 and August 11. Then, between August 28 and September 8, the XVII. Paralympics will take place.
Accordingly, next year’s competition calendar will be extremely crowded until the Olympic games, as several qualifying events will take place in each sport. Hungarian athletes have so far obtained 65 quotas for Paris, the Hungarian Olympic Committee calculates a starting number of 160-180 people. Among the team sports, the women’s water polo, women’s and men’s handball, and women’s basketball national teams can participate, as well as the 3×3 basketball team for both genders. In the latter sport, Debrecen will host one of the qualification tournaments in May, and in women’s traditional basketball, the Hungarian team can redeem their flight tickets to Paris in Sopron in February, while the Hungarian women’s handball team can obtain the Olympic quota in April in Debrecen.
In water polo, the women’s and men’s European Championships are held separately but at the same time at the beginning of January in the Netherlands and Croatia, and as usual, the men’s handball European Championships will also be held in Germany in the same month. In February, the Aquatic World Championships will take place in Doha, and a month before the Olympics, swimmers will compete in the European Championships in Belgrade. In athletics, Glasgow will host the indoor World Championships in March, followed by Rome in June for the outdoor European Championships.
Next year’s top event next to the Olympics will be the European football championship in Germany, for which the Hungarian national team qualified as group leader. Coach Marco Rossi’s team will start against Switzerland on June 15 in Cologne. On June 19, the Hungarians will continue their performance against the host Germany in Stuttgart, and finally, on June 23, they will meet Scotland, also in Stuttgart.
Among the major international sporting events in Hungary, are the Olympic qualifying air rifle European Championships in Győr in February, the rowing European Championships in Szeged in April, the rhythmic gymnastics European Championships in May in Budapest and the kayak-canoe European Championships in June, also in Szeged, stand out. In June, the Ludovika Campus will host the second and last stop in the Olympic qualification series of BMX freestyle, breakdancing, skateboarding and sport climbing. Debrecen will be one of the venues of the Women’s Handball European Championship in November-December.
As usual, the fencing program includes the women’s and men’s dueling Grand Prix and the Sword World Cup in Budapest in March. In kayak-canoe, a championship competition will also be organized in Szeged, which will also be an Olympic supplementary qualification competition. The final four of the Women’s Handball Champions League in Budapest will be held in June, the István Gyulai Memorial Athletics Hungarian Grand Prix and the WTA tennis tournament in Budapest will be held in July, and the Hungarian race in Formula 1 will take place at the end of this month. There will also be an outstanding sporting event in Hungary in September, as the four-wheel drive world championship will be held in Szilvásvárád, and jugglers will participate in the Grand Slam in Budapest.