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Nov 30, 2016

Tamás Gyárfás steps down as head of Hungary's swimming federation

Calls for Gyárfás to resign were led by three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú, who called him the "most harmful factor" for Hungarian swimming.

Calls for the head of Hungary's swimming federation to step down have been successful after he has announced his resignation. Tamás Gyárfás confirmed the news today and said that it's "what I can now do to help the most."

Calls for Gyárfás to resign were led by three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszú, who called him the "most harmful factor" for Hungarian swimming. Hosszú and other top swimmers made several appeals for greater transparency and more democratic decision-making within the federation and better training conditions for athletes.

Gyárfás, who first became federation president in 1993, has quit less than a year before the country will host the 2017 world championships. Gyárfás, who has been a member of the executive committee of FINA since 2009, was credited with securing next July's world championships for Hungary.