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Jan 09, 2017

Hungarian Swimming Federation has chosen Gusztav Bienerth as new president

Bienerth called for a reinterpretation of the role played by committees and other bodies as well as a transparent system for supporting swimmers

The Hungarian Swimming Federation has chosen Gusztav Bienerth to be its new president, it has been reported.

According to the Xinhua news agency, Bienerth will replace Tamas Gyarfas who resigned in November following a revolt amongst swimmers.

Bienerth is currently serving as government commissioner for tourism and is a vice president of Budapest's bid for the 2024 Olympics. He has also worked for the Hungarian Football Association and Hungarian Handball Association.

Bienerth said he agreed with seven points submitted by the swimmers in the process of demanding the reshuffle, including new leadership willing to revisit and renew the entire organization.

Bienerth called for a reinterpretation of the role played by committees and other bodies as well as a transparent system for supporting swimmers.

Gyarfas had headed the association for 23 years and is currently treasurer of LEN, the European Swimming Federation and an executive in the world swimming governing body FINA.

The Hungarian Swimming Federation rejected a proposal to replace its entire leadership despite calls to do so from swimmers, who claimed the association did little to support them.