World record-holder and Olympic champ Katinka Hosszu called for the resignation of Hungarian Swimming Federation President Tamas Gyarfas in a Facebook post today.
Hosszu made the post on her own Facebook profile Tuesday. You can view the full post by following this link, though the post itself is in its original Hungarian. Facebook does provide a rough translation of the post as well.
Hosszu recounts her own history with Gyarfas, a history she paints as often adversarial. Hosszu claims that when she met with Gyarfas all the way back in 2008, he “told me to stop swimming and retire.”
“If it were up to him, Hungary would have left 3 Olympic gold medals and a silver home from the Rio Olympics,” Hosszu writes.
But Hosszu mainly criticizes her own training conditions within Hungary, saying they have worsened since 2015. She says she and other Hungarian Olympians and Olympic hopefuls had to train “at 0 degrees, many times in the pouring rain in an outdoor pool.” Hosszu says Gyarfas only remains in his position because she and other swimmers have kept earning medals on the international stage, but she argues those successes are in spite of Gyarfas, not because of him.
Finally, Hosszu calls for his resignation, calling Gyarfas a “damaging factor” within the federation.
This isn’t the first scuffle Hosszu has had with the Hungarian Federation. In January, she publicly “stepped away” from the federation over a disagreement in how the federation was supporting its athletes financially.