It broke headlines at the end of last year that European Championship silver medalist, Liliána Szilágyi, claimed that her father was abusing her and her mother. Her father, swim coach and lawyer Zoltán Szilágyi denied this. The Hungarian swimming Federation’s (MÚSZ) investigative committee, however, besides demonstrating a court ruling, also established that Liliána’s claims were true.
The latest scandal in the Hungarian swimming world made headlines at the end of last year, after European Championship silver medalist, Liliána Szilágyi, revealed in public that her father, himself a swim coach, was abusing her and her mother emotionally and physically. According to her, her suffering was so severe that she had even considered suicide.
In reaction, her father denied these claims and accused her of lying. In addition, her sister, herself a competitive swimmer, also backed her father in the denial.
In a latest ruling, MÚSZ’s investigative committee, however, found that “everything Liliána Szilágyi has said in public is true.”
At the press conference, lawyer and chairman of the investigative committee, Gábor Papp, said the committee had heard the testimony of ten people in total, including the athlete’s former psychologist and other sportsmen. He announced that they found a court ruling establishing that Zoltán Szilágyi, father of Liliána Szilágyi, had shown aggressive behavior towards his eldest daughter. In addition, those interviewed by the committee also confirmed Liliána Szilágyi’s claims.
“For me, it was out of question that Lilu needed to be protected from her father,” MÚSZ’s president Sándor Wladár told the press conference, according to Telex. He revealed that Zoltán Szilágyi was therefore “declared a persona-non-grata at the events organized by the Federation.”
Several additional legal proceedings are underway between the parties.
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