The Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) expects 13 gold medals at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo, PMO Chief Gergely Gulyás said, in reference to MOB president Krisztián Kulcsár.
At his regular press briefing, Gulyás also revealed that the government would allocate an extra HUF 462 million (EUR 1.4 million) for the MOB in funding for its preparations for the Olympic Games.
Referring to the virus outbreak, Gulyás said that after Kulcsár’s latest briefing to the cabinet, the government will continue working on the assumption that the event will go ahead as planned.
Bagging 13 gold medals would mean the second-best performance of all time after the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 when Hungary collected 16 of them, finishing 3rd at the medal table. The Hungarian team claimed eight golds at four of the last five Olympics (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, London 2012, and Rio 2016), while their performance remained well below this in Beijing 2008, coming home with 3 golds.
featured image: the Hungarian waterpolo tean celebrating victory at the 2020 European Championships; via MTI/Zsolt Szigetváry