Hun­gary’s swim head re­signs ahead of host­ing 2017 worlds

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

The head of Hun­gary's swimming fed­er­a­tion said yes­ter­day he was re­sign­ing, less than a year be­fore the coun­try will host the 2017 world cham­pi­onships.

Calls for the ouster of Ta­mas Gyarfas, who first be­came fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent in 1993, were led by three-time Olympic cham­pion Katinka Hosszu, who called him the "most harm­ful fac­tor" for Hun­gar­ian swimming.

Hosszu and other top swim­mers made re­peated ap­peals for greater trans­parency and more demo­cratic de­ci­sion-mak­ing within the fed­er­a­tion and bet­ter train­ing con­di­tions.

Gyarfas, a for­mer jour­nal­ist and tele­vi­sion pro­ducer who had been able to dis­tance him­self from nu­mer­ous scan­dals at the fed­er­a­tion over the years, said he de­cided to re­sign be­cause it was "what I can now do to help the most."

"My big­gest joy is that I can see the new swimming com­plex un­der con­struc­tion," Gyarfas said re­gard­ing the fa­cil­i­ties be­ing built near the Danube River in Bu­dapest for the world cham­pi­onships.

Gyarfas was con­sid­ered in­stru­men­tal in bring­ing the event to Hun­gary for the first time.

The world swimming cham­pi­onships are seen as a key test of Hun­gary's abil­i­ties to host large sport­ing events and will be held a cou­ple of months be­fore the In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee choses the host city for the 2024 Olympics. The can­di­dates are Bu­dapest, Los An­ge­les and Paris.

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