FINA awards highest ranking to Orbán

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President Julio César Maglione, on behalf of the World Swimming Association (FINA), awarded the organization’s highest ranking to Prime Minister Viktor Orbán yesterday in the Parliament building in Budapest, according to reports.

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“As I have already told the press, this World Championships is also your personal achievement in view of the fact that the games were successfully organizsed within a period of only two years thanks to the fact that you provided all instruments necessary,” official government website kormany.hu quoted Maglione as saying when presenting the award to Orbán. “This is a beautiful country, this is a great city; the people are wonderful and have a solution for everything, and it is you who represent them and you are our friend,” he added according to the website.

“It helps if people have a good government, and it helps if they have a government that is committed to sport,” Orbán said in his acceptance speech. “Sport is one of the most important things in the modern world… As a father, I can state that without sport mothers and fathers have no chance to raise and educate their children properly, to enable them to be competitive in future. We need sport,” he added.

FINA presents the award to individuals such as heads of state, ministers, high ranking dignitaries, and the heads of state of countries that host the FINA World Championships, to the presidents of associations and networks and others, as well as to FINA sponsors, who represent the goals and ideals of the association in the spirit of sport and ethics, according to Hungarian government website kormany.hu.

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