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Paris Team Outnumbers the Tokyo One Twenty Days before the Olympics

MTI-Hungary Today 2024.07.08.

Zsolt Gyulay, President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB), is proud that twenty days before the start of the Olympic Games, the number of delegates in Paris has already exceeded that of the 2021 Tokyo event.

“It has not been an easy road to get here, because in some sports, it is at least as challenging, if not more challenging, to qualify for the Olympics than to do well at the event,” Zsolt Gyulay stressed on the MOB website.

With 178 athletes, we have already exceeded the 173 in Tokyo, and there is a chance to increase the number of athletes in the team even further.

It is important to note that this is not a one-man fight: without the daily efforts of clubs, coaches and professionals, there would be no success, and this work cannot be thanked enough, as well as the financial contribution from the government, local governments and sponsors,” he pointed out.

Most of the team already has its national kit and the athletes will take their oaths in a ceremony on Monday – one of the final steps on the journey to the Olympic Games, the highlight of the year.

On behalf of the MOL Group, one of the biggest sponsors of Hungarian sport, Péter Pantl, Director of Communications, said that as a partner of the MOB, they will be able to stand alongside a number of athletes who have already proven themselves in MOL colors, such as Gergely Siklósi, the silver medalist in épée at the European Fencing Championships in Basel, or Kristóf Milák, the recent gold medalist in the 100 m butterfly at the European Aquatics Championships in Belgrade.

Photo via Facebook/Siklósi Gergely

Andrea Mager, President and CEO of Szerencsejáték Zrt, sponsor of Hungarian sport, recalled that TOTÓ was launched in Hungary on October 19, 1947, in order to help Hungarian athletes qualify for the 1948 Summer Olympics in London. She added that preparations were under way to make it possible from this year onwards to bet on Hungarian athletes in the Paralympic events as well as in the Olympic events.

Hungarian Team Preparing "Full Steam" for the Olympics
Hungarian Team Preparing

The team will likely exceed the number of athletes competing at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Continue reading

Via MTI; Featured image via Facebook/Olympics

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