The skating association chaired by Lajos Kósa started Russian figure skaters instead of Hungarians at the European Championships
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MOKSZ did not feel that it should comment on the subject, even though the displacement of Hungarian talents is apparently taking place systematically.
The Hungarian National Skating Association (MOKSZ), chaired by Lajos Kósa from Fidesz, nominated six competitors for the European Championships that started on Wednesday in Espoo, Finland, but only one of them was born Hungarian: four competitors were born in Russia and one in Ukraine. The 24.hu information According to the report, the four Russian-born competitors do not have Hungarian citizenship, and three of them also live in Russia.
The case is interesting if only because the Russian and Belarusian athletes were banned from the competition due to the invasion launched against Ukraine.
The members of the Hungarian delegation are, as of now, the following:
According to the summary of 24.hu, all this is not the work of chance, an apparently organized Russian conquest of space has been taking place in the Hungarian figure skating sport for years, even though the task of MOKSZ, with a budget of billions, should in principle be to develop and compete in the domestic supply of the discipline.
The sports director of the Hungarian figure skating branch is Vardanjan Gurgen, who was born in 1963 in the Soviet Union (including Armenia), and who, according to the paper, maintains good relations with Hungary and essentially has full power in the domestic management of the sport.
Previously, the Answer Online wrote about the Russian expansion in the domestic figure skating sport, and about the Hungarian competitors leaving the clubs in Hungary one after the other. Since the association of the 2004 European champion Júlia Sebestyén, SKSE, also favors the Russians over the Hungarians, Mózes Berei and Vivien Papp now train in Italy, Balázs Nagy went to the United States, Léna Ekker and Katinka Zsembery also left the club. It is known that Bernadett Szigeti and Marton Villő stopped competing. This is what Mózes Berei allegedly said when he left Júlia Sebestyén’s club:
Papp Vivien recalled as follows:
24.hu inquired about the matter with MOKSZ, among other things, they wanted to know what their goal is by building the Russian skating base in Hungary at the expense of the Hungarian competitors, and what is the plan to qualify the Hungarian skaters as a group leaving the country. They didn’t get an answer.