Saturday, November 27

Noted swimming coach charged with harassment in Hungary

The Hungarian Swimming Federation will open an investigation into accusations of physical and psychological harassment of one of its main coaches, made by several swimmers, the body announced in a statement on Thursday.

A committee will examine complaints against Gyorgy Turi, 64, who coached double world champion and six Olympic medal winner Laszlo Cseh, as well as other top Hungarian swimmers, the federation said in a statement posted on its website. .

“Turi announced at the meeting that he will cooperate with the committee in all its aspects and will voluntarily suspend his activities as technical vice president of the federation and director of the training committee until the investigation is finalized,” the institution added in the statement.

Hungarian swimming star Laszlo Cseh was coached by Turi for most of his career, from 2014 until his retirement after the Tokyo Games in August.

In October he stated in an interview that the training methods involved subjecting swimmers to physical harassment and “psychological terror”.

Since these revelations, several swimmers in the Hungarian media have accused Turi of physical harassment to the extent of throwing a swimmer into the water grabbed by the hair, and hitting another in the bathrooms.

A swimmer explained in an interview that Turi, known by the nickname ‘Zar’, compared them to pigs if he perceived that they had gained weight.

The coach, who admitted hitting a swimmer in the face and using a baton in training, defended his methods in several recent interviews.

“Whoever as a child did not come out of the pool in the 1980s more aggressively than is acceptable today, throw the first stone,” he reacted on the internet information portal on Thursday.

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