August 7th, 2017

Jobbik submits bill on banning politicians from top sport positions

The Jobbik party submitted over the weekend a bill that bans politicians from filling leadership posts at sports organisations, a party lawmaker said. György Szilágyi told a press conference that under their motion, parliamentary deputies, government commissioners, local government officials and MEPs would be prohibited from serving in top positions of a sports federation or a sports club.

He said that the governing Fidesz party had been seeking to exert control “In a democratic society leadership in sports is strictly separated from leadership in politics, and this is how the system should also work in Hungary in the interest of sports as a profession,” he said. He said that while the FINA World Aquatics Championships hosted by Hungary last month had been a success, it was still important to scrutinise how the funds allocated for the event had exactly been spent.

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