Budapest, Hungary, has withdrawn its bid to host the 2024 Olympics, reports the Associated Press, citing a Hungarian government spokesperson. The withdrawal technically has to be voted upon by the Hungary City Assembly, but there is no doubt that it will pass.
Budapest was one of the last three contenders to host the Games, along with Los Angeles and Paris. Last week an anti-Olympics group announced they had collected enough signatures to put withdrawing the bid up for a citywide referendum. Recent polling showed that a plurality of Budapest residents were against hosting the Olympics and its assorted costs, signaling the withdrawal referendum was likely to succeed.