Balázs Fürjes holds lecture for HUSS students

Newly elected Hungarian member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Dr Balázs Fürjes visited the Hungarian University of Sports Science (HUSS) on 23 November to hold a lecture for the university’s undergraduate sports management students.

Mr Fürjes already paid a visit to HUSS on 10 November to attend the honorary doctorate ceremony of the World Athletics (WA) President Lord Sebastian Coe. On this occasion, he received a gift from the volunteers working at the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships. As known, Mr Fürjes and Coe had previously nominated the volunteers for the International Fair Play Award.

Fürjes Balázs tartott előadást a TF hallgatóinak 2

On 23 November, Mr Furjes returned to HUSS to present a lecture for future sports organisers and sports managers of the university, accepting the invitation of Dr Szilvia Perényi.

At the beginning of his presentation, he explained why sport has become a key strategic sector in Hungary, how this fits into Hungary’s leading role in hosting major international sporting events in recent years, how this has triggered significant development of sports infrastructure. Then he moved on to discuss the possibility and conditions for the Budapest Summer Olympics.

Fürjes Balázs tartott előadást a TF hallgatóinak

He also stressed that sport has an invaluable role to play in social, economic, health and sports policy. Regarding the 2023 Budapest World Athletics Championships held in August, he pointed out its various benefits.

"By hosting the event, we managed to bring athletics home. From a sports diplomacy point of view, the fact that more Hungarian athletes were able to compete and that our athletes were more successful in front of a home crowd is not negligible. The event reached one billion people worldwide and four hundred thousand tickets were sold. We managed to rehabilitate the part of the city where the National Athletics Stadium was built, and the event put Budapest back on the world map", confirmed Balázs Fürjes, who also mentioned the long-term expected effects of the event, including the fact that athletics is expected to develop in Hungary after the World Championships, and more and more children will choose athletics.

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