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26 September 2014 | in FISU

FISU President in Budapest

 BUDAPEST - On Wednesday 24 September, 2014, FISU President Claud-Louis Gallien visited the city of Budapest, Hungary, upon the invitation of the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF) to participate at a Conference at the University of Physical Education of Budapest.

This Conference was organized at the occasion of the 80th anniversary of an emblematic figure in Hungary, late Dr. Robert Frenkl, long-time President of the HUSF and also member of the FISU Executive Committee and Chair of the FISU Medical Committee.

At the occasion of the Conference, the FISU President received the “Dr. Robert Frenkl” Award.

During his speech, President Gallien captivated the audience while recalling the participation of Hungary in the early years of the international university sports movement from 1923 to the early 60’s.

 Dr. Adam KISS, HUSF President – Dr. Jeno KAMUTHY, President CIFP – (International Fair Play Committee) – FISU President Gallien - M. István SIMICSKO, State Secretary of Sports

BUDAPEST - On Wednesday 24 September, 2014, FISU President Claud-Louis Gallien visited the city of Budapest, Hungary, upon the invitation of the Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF) to participate at a Conference at the University of Physical Education of Budapest.

This Conference was organized at the occasion of the 80th anniversary of an emblematic figure in Hungary, late Dr. Robert Frenkl, long-time President of the HUSF and also member of the FISU Executive Committee and Chair of the FISU Medical Committee.

At the occasion of the Conference, the FISU President received the “Dr. Robert Frenkl” Award.

During his speech, President Gallien captivated the audience while recalling the participation of Hungary in the early years of the international university sports movement from 1923 to the early 60’s.

Sylvia Frenkl and President Gallien with the award

It was the occasion to remember some sports legends such as M. Gyula ZSIVOSKY – three times Olympic medalist, five times Universiade medalist between 1957 - 1968 and world record in hammer throw in 1965; M.  Ferenc CZIK – University games medalist in 1933-1935 and 1937 – and Dr. Sandor TARICS (waterpolo), the oldest living Olympic champion (waterpolo) who celebrated his 101st birthday on 23 September, 2014.

The academic, sportive and medical career of Dr. Robert Frenkl were also illustrated by some of his former colleagues and collaborators, in the attendance of his wife Sylvia, and daughter.

The visit of President Gallien was also important to the Hungarian friends, as it was the opportunity for them to re-affirm their interest to host a future edition of the Summer Universiade.  In this regards, the FISU President had the pleasure to meet respectively with M. Pal SCHMITT, IOC Member and advisor to the Prime Minister, M. Zsolt BORKAI, President of the NOC and M. István SIMICSKO, State Secretary of Sports.

All of these authorities confirmed the support and intention from the present government to enhance sports activities on the national and international level.

M. Zsolt BORKAI (on the left)

Undoubtedly, Hungary and its capital city Budapest are eager to stage important international events and are seriously considering a candidature for the 2024 Summer Olympics and  as well as for  the 2023 Summer Universiade.

For President Gallien, this combined organization could be the outcome of a common development strategy and synergy to be discussed between the IOC and FISU.

The stay in Budapest ended on Thursday morning with a visit at the French Institute during which potential future collaboration for educational projects with the HUSF were approached.

 

(Source: HUSF)