Dániel Gyurta: “The Hungarians and the wrestling deserve the glory”

As a 15-year-old kid Gergely Gyurta became a sensation, when he won the silver medal in swimming in 200 meters breaststroke at the Olympic Games in Athens. The whole country cheered to the smiling, sympathetic young man to win a gold medal in his carrier, which finally happened in London in 2012. When he was elected to the Member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), whether he was honoured to have 1500 votes, his goal was to qualify to the Olympics in Tokyo. However, this spring he changed his mind, finished his carrier to concentrate to the sport diplomacy.

„This is a huge change in my life, because the six-hour-long trainings and the minute-by-minute scheduled daily routine was over in a flash. But, I can admit that I enjoyed every minute of it. Now, the office work, the travelling, the presentations and my sport diplomacy fill my days, which i have to learn and get used it. I believe it can be beneficial to become a member of the IOC in a young age.

Our main task to supervise and prevail the main interest of the athletes, to be the bridge between the athletes and the IOC, and draw attention to the problems for the president of the IOC and the Executive Committee, and the General Assembly, but we also vote to the candidate cities. My mandate lasts 8 years, but I hope i can also represents the athletes after that time.

It is a great privilege to present medals at the World Wrestling Championships, by the invitation of Mr. Nenad Lalovic, the Member of the IOC and the President of the United World Wrestling. I am pleased what I see here, the atmosphere is amazing, the scene is great and I witnessed so many big fights. I am so sorry that Zsanett Németh could not fight in the bronze game, but I totally agree to her not to jeopardize her carrier due to the injury.

I have recently arrived home from the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, where the Hungarian athletes achieved superb results, winning 24 medals. I have to highlight the swimmers, Ajna Késely and Kristóf Milák who won 3 gold medals each and another silver. They were the power of the #youngary delegation and I hope this result inspires the Hungarian athletes and the wrestlers this week.

I wish them success in front of the Hungarian supporters, and I wish them great results as well, because the Hungarians and this sport deserve the glory!

/Photos: Besenyei Gergely/