PM Orban: Hungary is among the most competitive nations
Even before the start of this year's Olympic Games, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban talked about waking up to watch the competitions at night, holding true to his widely known strong affinity for sports. After the Hungarian Olympic Committee and the leaders of most sport branches had already spoken about the country's performance, Hungary's daily Nemzeti Sport newspaper was curious as to what the head of government thought of the Tokyo Olympics, his assessment of the Hungarian athletes' results, and how their performance matched his expectations. Excerpts of the interview follow.
PM Orban welcomes FIA chief
Ahead of this weekend's Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix, PM Viktor Orban welcomed Jean Todt, the president of international motorsport's governing body FIA, in his office on Friday morning, PM Orban's press chief told Hungary's state news agency (MTI).
Several politicians against footballers taking the knee
As a sign of respect for the BLM movement, the national team took the knee before the match kicked off. Many disapproved of the gesture arguing that the players should pay tribute to the victims of terrorism and show support for the police instead.
PM Orban: Role of sports irreplaceable
The government has declared sports to be a strategic sector because it s realised its irreplaceable role, the fact that without ideals, hard work, heroes and sacrifice modern life will "become sludgy", Hungarian PM Viktor Orban told the Nemzeti Sport newspaper in his year-end interview. The premier said he would like to live the day when Hungary organises an Olympic Games and he would also like to root for Hungary s national football team in a FIFA World Cup final.
F1 exhibits double standards as Hamilton continues to support BLM
Lewis Hamilton, wearing a T-shirt with a political message at the podium ceremony of Sunday s Tuscan Grand Prix, has provoked fury on social media. The International Automobile Federation (FIA), the governing body of the racing event, has decided not to launch an investigation against the Mercedes team s driver, an outspoken advocate of BLM ideology. In contrast, FIA imposed a heavy fine on the organisers of the Turkish Grand Prix in 2006 for breaching the sport s political neutrality.
Official FIFA computer game will feature Hungarian football legend
Ferenc Puskas, considered one of the best forwards in history, will appear in FIFA 21, developer EA Sports has announced on its website. The official computer game of the sport s international governing body will be released in the autumn.
F1 champion accuses former mentor of racism
Lewis Hamilton called Bernie Ecclestone "ignorant" and "uneducated" after the former Formula One manager said in a TV interview that in his experience black people are often more racist than white people. Hamilton, who is the first F1 world champion of colour and whose debut in F1 was also backed by Ecclestone, announced that he would continue to use his voice to speak for black people and other minorities to provide an opportunity to have a chance in F1.
PM Orban: Football always a consolation and reprisal for Hungarian people
Football has always been a means of consolation and reprisal for Hungarian people, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the founder of Ferenc Puskas Football Academy, said in Felcsut on Saturday, at the launch of a new book titled Football and Science.
Former F1 team boss calls government "enemy of entrepreneurs"
Flavio Briatore, former leader of Renault’s Formula One team has voiced harsh criticism of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and his government. The Italian businessman said the government is “the enemy of entrepreneurs” and if the cabinet does not support them by significant tax cuts, for example, Italy will “never recover” from the economic crisis.
F1 engineers develop portable breathing aid
Engineers at the University College London and the Mercedes AMG Formula One team have developed a light-weight, mechanical breathing device, a so-called CPAP apparatus. The first forty ventilators have been delivered to four London hospitals and the UK government has placed an order for 10 thousand respirators.
Tokyo postpones Olympic Games
The Tokyo Olympic Games will be postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced on Tuesday, after consulting International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, in a video conference.
F1 teams join forces to produce ventilators
Seven UK-based Formula One teams are exploring ways to aid government and health authorities in the fight against coronavirus by supplying ventilators. The British National Health Service (NHS) currently has 8,100 ventilators, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson estimates that 20 thousand will be needed to effectively fight the coronavirus pandemic. Volkswagen has offered its European 3D printer capacity for the production of ventilator parts.
Coronavirus may destroy sports clubs, championships
European football clubs are incurring millions of euros in damage caused by the halting of championships due to coronavirus pandemic. The clubs were able to obtain at least the television royalties of matches behind close doors, but the loss of ticket sales due to the cancellation of the matches could force the teams to their knees. In the US basketball league NBA, the delay of the playoffs will cut revenues by 500 million dollars. The Formula One season has not even started yet, but even the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix was cancelled on Thursday, threatening the livelihood of hundreds.
UEFA postpones Euro 2020
UEFA announced that it would postpone the European Football Championship until the summer of 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision by European football s governing body will help all domestic competitions, currently on hold, to be completed as soon as possible in a bid to avoid placing any "unnecessary pressure" on the twelve organising countries.
Olympics and European Football Championship likely to go ahead
Although the Tokyo Olympics are due to commence on 24 July, the coronavirus epidemic may be posing a new challenge. At this point the fate of the games is hanging in the balance, but the International Olympic Committee is committed to staging the event. The European Football Championship is to take place in June ahead of the Olympics, and UEFA is optimistic about the tournament.
Hungary to host European Women’s Handball Championship in 2024
The next European Women’s Handball Championship will be hosted by Hungary, Switzerland and Austria following a vote by member federations at the Extraordinary Congress in Stockholm on Saturday.
Migrants attack para-Olympic athlete
Migrants attacked Swiss para-Olympic athlete Erika Kalin on a train when she was on her way from Langenthal to Zurich. The professional athlete and her friend were travelling together when several men boarded the almost empty train car. They were drinking and shouting, and one of them sexually harassed the athlete, who is almost completely blind. In the end, police arrested the harasser, a 30-year old Moroccan migrant.
Iran promises no more women have to die because of football
From now on, Iranian women can attend football matches, promised the leadership of the country to the International Football Association (FIFA). At the beginning of September, a woman set herself on fire in Tehran, because she was afraid that she would be imprisoned for watching a game.
Slovan finds loophole, UEFA cannot object
Slovak football team Slovan Bratislava should have played behind close doors in the European League in the Slovak capital on Thursday. However, the team found a legal way to admit six thousand spectators to the stadium for the match. UEFA could make no objection to the move.
Raising children completes an athlete s life
On the occasion of the World Urban Games, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has received two-time Olympic champion pole vaulter Yelena Isinbaeva at the Carmelite Monastery in Budapest. Isinbaeva said that in addition to sport, childrearing and promoting sports make her life complete.
Hungarian national football team defeated at home by Slovak team
The Hungarian national football team suffered a 2-1 defeat against Slovakia at home in Group E of the European Championship qualifiers, and dropped to third place. Marco Rossi s team got to a disadvantage at the end of the first half after Mak s goal, then at the beginning of the second half, they tied the score with Szoboszlai s free-kick, but afterwards the Slovaks won the match with Bozenik s shot.
Czech basketball team may advance to final 8 in the FIBA World Cup
The Czech national team lost to Greece 84-77 in the final phase of the Second Round at the Men s Basketball World Cup in China. Ronen Ginzburg s team could still progress to the quarterfinals if the United States defeats Brazil as odds suggest.
Romanian football ultras swear at Hungarians at Romania-Malta match
Romanian football hooligans kept chanting anti-Hungarian rhymes at the European Championship qualifier against Malta, instead of focusing on their own match. The Romanian Football Federation was embarrassed by the fans behaviour.
Spain s Rafael Nadal wins 19th Grand Slam in five sets
Rafael Nadal won his fourth US Open title, defeating Daniil Medvedev in a dramatic, nearly 5-hour-long clash In the men s singles final. Nadal won 7:5, 6:3, 5:7, 4:6, 6:4 against the Russian, who played spectacularly against the Spaniard, the heavy favourite. World number 2 Nadal earned his 19th Grand Slam-victory.
Serbia wins Women s European Volleyball Championship in dramatic five-set match
Defending champions Serbia edged out hosts Turkey in the final of the Women s European Volleyball Championship in Ankara by a score of 3-2. Italy won the bronze medal after defeating Poland 3-0.
Two Hungarian gold medals at Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Szombathely
In women s individual, Hungarian Noemi Makra won on balance beam, while European championship bronze medallist David Vecsernyes won the horizontal bar event at the Gymnastics World Challenge Cup in Hungary.
Already qualified Poles suffer heavy defeat from Argentina
The Polish national team lost to Argentina 91-65 at the Basketball World Cup in China, so they have advanced to the final eight as second in their group from the second round.
Canadian Andreescu defeats Serena Williams to win women s US Open
Canadian Bianca Andreescu won the women s singles event at the US Open tennis tournament after defeating 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams in two sets by 6:3 and 7:5.
Hungarian Veszprem secures first home victory in men s handball SEHA League
Host team Telekom Veszprem defeated Croatia s PPD Zagreb by 36-28 in the second round of the men s handball SEHA League in the regular season. The Croatian Manuel Strlek and the Slovenian Blaz Blagotinsek scored five goals each for the Hungarian team.
Hungary s Bence Bicsak finishes third at Triathlon World Cup
Hungarian Bence Bicsak finished third at the Saturday competition of the Triathlon World Cup series in Banyoles, Spain.
Serbia plays Turkey in women s Volleyball Championship Final
The defending champion Serbia defeated Italy 3-1 in the semi-finals of the women s 2019 CEV Volleyball European Championship, while Turkey overcame the hosting Poles 3-1.
Hungarian men s pentathlon team wins silver at Budapest World Championships
The Hungarian trio of Robert Kasza, Adam Marosi and Bence Demeter bagged the silver medal in the traditional team competition at the Budapest Pentathlon World Championships, while the South Koreans won the gold. In the singles, French Valentin Belaud became world champion and the best Hungarian, Robert Kasza, finished fifth, with only the first three contestants receiving Olympic quotas.
Neither Poland, nor Hungary qualify for final at women s European Table Tennis Championships
In the first semi-final, the Romanian national team defeated Poland 3-1, while in the second match, Portugal defeated the Hungarian team 3-1 at the European Table Tennis Championships in Nantes, resulting in the Polish and Hungarian teams both winning bronze medals.
Slovak national team hopeful even after defeat suffered from Croatia
In the qualifying round of the European Championship s Group E, the Slovaks were beaten by World Cup silver medallist Croatia 4-0. Yet, they say that they simply "had a bad day", and seem like they have already gotten over the result and the game.
Czech team starts with win in second round of men s basketball World Cup
The Czech national team defeated Brazil 93-71 in the quarter-finals of men s basketball World Cup in China, thus getting the chance to be among the final eight.
Poland loses to Slovenia, Germany defeated by the Netherlands
Although the Polish national team was defeated by Slovenia 2-0 away, they still lead Group G of the European Championship qualifiers. In Group C, Germany suffered a 4-2 defeat from the Netherlands in Hamburg.
World Championship silver medallist Croatia crushes Slovakia by four goals
Slovakia s national football team suffered a 4-0 home defeat from world championship silver medallist Croatia in the Euro 2020 qualifiers. Also in the Hungarian team s group, Wales beat Azerbaijan by 2-1 at home. Hungarians will face the Slovaks in a decisive European Championship qualifier On Monday.
Hungarian women s table tennis team qualifies for semi-finals and secures medal in European Championship after eight years
The Hungarian women s national team defeated Ukraine 3-2 in a dramatic match in the quarter-finals of the European Championship in Nantes, which means that the team is guaranteed to win a medal after eight years.
Hungarian football team defeated in Montenegro
The Hungarian national football team lost 2-1 as the guests of Montenegro s team in a preparation match. Marco Rossi s team took the lead with a quick goal by Holender, then Kosovic tied still in the first half. In the second period, the home team won with Mugosa s penalty shot. A decisive European Championship qualifier awaits the Hungarian team against Slovakia on Monday.
36-year-old wrestler does not give up his childhood dream
Balazs Kiss is preparing for the Nur-Sultan Wrestling World Championships starting in mid-September, where his main goal is to win the Olympic quota. The World Champion Hungarian wrestler talked to V4NA about his childhood dream and what he was the most proud of.
Czech team qualifies for second round in men s Basketball World Cup
The Czech national team won against Turkey 91-76 in men s Basketball World Cup in China, qualifying for the second round with their second victory.
Hungarian women s national table tennis team quarter-finalist in the European Championships
The Hungarian women s national team defeated Belarus 3-0 in Nantes, at the European Team Table Tennis Championships, and made it among the best eight with two wins.
Poland in the final four again at Women s European Volleyball Championship after 10 years
The hosting Polish team won 3-2 against the previously unbeaten German team in a heroic battle, in the fourth quarter-finals of the Women s European Volleyball Championship, and after 2009 they qualified again for the final four.
European Champion Hungarian rower aims for Olympics after World Championship silver
European Champion Hungarian rower Peter Galambos, who won silver at the 2018 World Championship, closed his most successful year so far. He talked to V4NA about whether he feels like he could have done more, and about his great dream for 2020.
Polish basketball team wins group and secures place in second round
The Poles won 80-63 against Ivory Coast, making it to the second round of the Basketball World Cup in China. The Polish team also beat both Venezuela and the hosting Chinese team in its group.
Federer s defeat means no dream final against Nadal
Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov produced a shocking victory over the Swiss Roger Federer in the men s singles quarter-finals at the US Open tennis tournament. Dimitrov won by 3:6, 6:4, 3:6, 6:4, 6:2, shattering hopes of a potential Federer-Nadal dream final this year.