176 Hungarian athletes will travel to the Tokyo Olympics, more than previously to London or Rio, the president of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) revealed. Krisztián Kulcsár also claimed that the entire traveling delegation has been vaccinated.
The 176 Hungarian competitors represent 23 different sports and 28 disciplines, he said. Speaking of his medal expectations once again, Kulcsár now commented that “…those 13 medals we have calculated for is not a pessimistic or a careful number, but reality. Differences are possible, and I trust we will move in a positive direction.”
Kulcsár also said the only thing that worries him is the potential consequences of a positive coronavirus test. Experience has shown that such a scenario involves the organizers’ “ruthless” response, as they would send affected athletes to quarantine for two weeks, he explained.
“At the same time, our conscience is clear in this matter, as the entire Hungarian delegation traveling to the Olympics is protected,” he added.
“We have to live together with these regulations. When they didn’t cancel the Olympics last year but decided to postpone it by a year, we said, ok, let it be at any cost. One needs to acknowledge that this is the price. We owe a debt of gratitude to the Japanese government and to the organizers for letting the Olympics happen,” he concluded.
The Tokyo Olympics kick-off on July 23rd.
featured image: Hungarian Olympians’ at the oath ceremony on July 1; via Tibor Illyés/MTI