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04 January 2020 | in NUSF News

University Athletes of the Year 2019 in Hungary

The Hungarian University Sports Federation (HUSF) held its traditional annual award ceremony to honour the ’University Athletes of the Year’ towards the end of 2019. More than 100 athletes were awarded at this function.

Dr. Tünde Szabó, State Secretary of Sport, HungaryThe winners included athletes such as Tamara Csipes (kayak Olympic Champion), Kristóf Rasovszky (open water swimming world champion), Boglárka Kapás (swimming world champion), the women's water polo team that won the gold medal at the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade, as well as judoka Krisztián Tóth and the men's water polo team, who both won bronze medal in Naples.


Dr. Tünde Szabó, State Secretary for Sport in the Hungarian Ministry of Human Resources said “The government is fully aligned with the HUSF’s value system. These award-winning champions are exemplary as they have made an impact in the world of sport and also academics. They are role models who give us faith for our daily lives.”


Also present at the awards night were Tamás Schanda, Deputy Minister of State for Parliamentary and Strategic Affairs at Ministry of Innovation and Technology, Prof. Dr. János Józsa President of Hungarian Rectors’ Conference, László Murai President of National Conference of Student Governments and HUSF President Prof. Dr. Ádám Kiss.


At the event, the Rectors of the University of Dunaújváros and Eszterházy Károly University were awarded with the ‘Alfréd Hajós Gold Plaque’. László Karger Kocsis, retired chief of protocol at the Ministry of Human Resources, Secretariat for Sport, received the HUSF Life Work Award, handed by Alf Lazer, Honorary Member of FISU.


The ‘University Athlete of the Year’ awards were conferred upon Hungarian university sport's most successful athletes; many of whom returned home from the Napoli 2019 Summer Universiade with a medal, as well as all students who won medals at the European University Championships and medals at World Championships.


A special award for the ‘Most Sporty University of the Year’ was also presented this time, with the University of Physical Education finishing at the top in the points-based year-long Hungarian University National Championship (MEFOB) competition.

Hungarian women's water polo team that won gold at Napoli 2019 The prestigious award ceremony was followed by the HUSF Executive Board Meeting where the next steps were discussed in the process to bid for the 2025 edition of the Summer Universiade, now named the World University Games.


The Board unanimously approved the Alfred Hajos Plan 3.0. which includes the Budapest 2025 Universiade bid as an integral part. The Alfred Hajos Plan 3.0 will be submitted to the Government as part of a plan for the development of university sports.