2012 Gold Medalist Daniel Gyurta Admits Issues with Hungarian National Federation

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Swimming World reported Tuesday that Katinka Hosszu had called for the resignation of Hungarian swimming federation President Tamas Gyarfas. Now, another top Hungarian swimmer has spoken out about the same issues as Daniel Gyurta left a comment on his Facebook page.

Gyurta, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the 200 breast and a three-time World Champion in that event, posted the statement to avoid any confusion on his opinions on the matter.

“I find it unfortunate that love our sport because of the scandals front page is regularly lately. Katinka’s long statement yesterday, unfortunately, had a lot of insight there. It’s familiar, even if these openly can not even talk. You know things in Hungarian swimming are a problem, and the irony is that the swimmers – the whole matter should be about – will suffer.

“For the 2017 world Championships in preparation for this particularly harmful, since it is the home world championship could be the highlight of our careers. I trust in that short time decisions that are made for sports leadership in this area to change and personal interests in the pool drunk pos interests to be considered.” (via Google Translate)

Gyurta’s statement is much shorter and much less specific and forceful compared to Hosszu’s statement, but it’s clear that that Hungary’s top swimmers are not happy with the political happenings in their sport.

Read Gyurta’s full Facebook post (in Hungarian) here.

2 Comments

2 comments

  1. avatar
    Bill Bell

    First Hosszu, now Danny G. and then pretty soon Cseh.

    Wonder if President at rump could bring persuaded to grant them all citizenship in time for Tokyo?

    We could use ’em!

    • avatar
      Man01

      Kapas, Bernek, the two Verraszto are with them at the moment Laszlo is missing.

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David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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