It’s been a tumultuous start to the new year for the Hungarian Swimming Federation, and now national team head coach Laszlo Kiss has resigned amid a conflict between one of the nation’s top swimmers and its governing federation.
The Associated Press reports that Kiss, a veteran coach who had headed the Hungarian national team for almost two decades, has resigned after Katinka Hosszu‘s press conference criticizing the Hungarian swimming federation for a failure to support its athletes.
Kiss had been the Hungarian national team head coach since 1999, and is highly-renowned for his work with Olympic medalists Krisztina Egerszegi and Attlia Czene, not to mention reigning 200 fly world champ Laszlo Cseh.
The situation with Hosszu has been uncomfortable for awhile, though it’s only become public in the last month. Late in December, Hosszu, a world champ and world record-holder, held a press conference criticizing the federation for what she said was inadequate support for athletes compared to the performances expected.
“While the Hungarian Swimming Federation expects world class performances, the support they provide is far from world class level,” Hosszu said in that press conference.
More recently, Hosszu reportedly tore up a contract with the federation providing her money in exchange for promoting the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, which Hungary will host. Hosszu also announced that she was stepping away from the federation, though there still isn’t any indication of exactly what that means logistically.
Hosszu criticized federation president Tamas Gyarfas in that press conference, along with Kiss, the national team head coach. The AP report indicates that Kiss said the tipping point leading to his resignation came when Hosszu refused to talk with him after that press conference, which happened earlier this week.