Below is a statement from the Hungarian Swimming Association in connection with the article titled, “Are Katinka Hosszu’s performances being aided?”
The Hungarian Swimming Association has read with the utmost dismay the outrageous commentary published in your online platform, defaming Katinka Hosszu, one of the most appreciated members by the world’s swimming community (seems not by the Swimming World), without any evidence proving the points of the author.
As it is well-known for all credible members of the international press, Katinka Hosszu has been obliged to take part in a handful of doping tests (just as all other top athletes), carried out by WADA and local agencies in recent years, both in- and out-of-competition. She has passed them all.
With regards this fact, we cannot understand why such a prestigious media platform finds it necessary to give floor for these humiliating accusations (speculations). This is absolutely not in line with the approach we have experienced in the past from Swimming World which ensured international recognition for your website and magazine.
As the President of the Hungarian Swimming Association, I hereby declare that we would never question any achievement by any great swimmers, let alone from the United States, even if many of them often seem to be superhuman – still, all admired by us, forever.
President of the Hungarian Swimming Association
Publisher’s Note: As an independent media outlet dedicated to aquatic sports with no financial ties to national and international governing bodies, Swimming World has always been on the forefront of professional reporting and anti-doping measures. We have reported Katinka Hosszu’s many successes through the years and we will continue to track her progress in the months and years to come. By publishing the Hungarian Swimming Association statement above, Swimming World does not admit that the article was an act of defamation but merely observations reported by an experienced writer immersed in the painful lessons from the DDR era. We all can strive to do better for the sport. – Brent Rutemiller