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Orbán on Olympics: ‘There is a problem with Hungarian menʼ

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While the Hungarian athletes competing in Rio’s Olympic Games exceeded Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s expectations in gold medal terms, he urged the men to conduct some “self-investigation” into why the majority of the countryʼs gold medals were garnered by women, Orbán was quoted as saying by the online daily Blikk today.

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in Rio with swimmer Katinka Hosszú and her husband-coach Shane Tusup. (Photo: MTI/Tibor Illyés)

The prime minister only expected six golden medals. “Well, we achieved eight medals, seven won by women, so there must be some kind of problem with us Hungarian men”, said Orbán, according to index.hu. “I don’t know what the matter is, but we need to hold some self-investigation.” 

The prime minister also said he had originally had the feeling, prior to the games, that all the medals would be won by women, index.hu reported.

Orbán also said he especially cheered on the Hungarian women’s pentathlon team to win gold. He said he believes pentathlon is the “father of all sports”.

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