President Katalin Novák nominated Áron Szilágyi, multiple Hungarian Olympic fencing champion, for the World Fair Play Award, due to his exemplary action in the final of the Gerevich-Kovács-Kárpáti Men’s Sabre World Cup in Budapest in March this year.
Katalin Novák said that she believes that many people in Hungary agree that we can be proud of the Olympic athlete and world champion, who is a role model for children and adults. She added that
Áron Szilágyi is “a man who shows how to behave in a sportsmanlike manner in sport, in public life, and in everyday life.”
As the President pointed out, the explanatory statement of the nomination provides an opportunity to draw the attention of the international community to the “unique and yet human generosity of a Hungarian sporting excellence.”
The president trained together with Áron Szilágyi on Tuesday, after which she personally informed the athlete of the nomination. Photo: MTI/Illyés Tibor
Szilágyi said he was proud of the nomination and would strive to live a life that would make him worthy of it in the future. He said that
fair play is at the forefront of his values and it is important for him to set a good example for young people in sport, in the fencing arena, and in public life.
Recalling the event resulting in his nomination for the award, the athlete said that his actions are completely instinctive. The Hungarian fencer fought world number one Sandro Bazadze in the final of the Gerevich-Kovács-Kárpáti Men’s Sabre World Cup in Budapest in March. The Georgian athlete started off stronger, taking an 8-4 lead, and at one point, he hit Szilágyi and started to fall back, but the machine did not show a score.
In the next action, the Hungarian athlete just stepped forward, not even raising his arm to give his opponent a hit, and Bazadze thanked him for his sportsmanlike act with a hug and then applauded Szilágyi on the hilt of his sword. In the end, Szilágyi won 10-14, successfully defending his title in Budapest.
Featured photo via MTI/Illyés Tibor