According to the ministry’s statement, the head of the department reported that an agreement was signed with Huszain al-Muszallam, the president of the International Swimming Federation, on the relocation of the organization’s headquarters to Budapest, and the unanimous decision of the presidency in this regard will be finalized by the congress.
He underlined: Hungary plays a prominent role in world swimming, not only because Hungarian competitors regularly win gold medals at the World Championships and Olympics, but also because when the International Swimming Federation was established in 1908, our country was one of the eight founding members.
Péter Szijjártó pointed out that two international sports federations have their headquarters in Hungary for the time being, and ten UN-affiliated organizations also operate here, and they are all satisfied with the conditions.
“Of course, it will be a huge recognition for Hungary if the global headquarters of the International Swimming Federation moves here to Budapest. It is the express goal of the organization’s leaders that at least half of the employees in the center that controls the world’s swimming sport will be Hungarian,” he said.
“Obviously, their move here will boost sports tourism to an extraordinary extent and increase Hungary’s already small role in world swimming and water polo sports,” he added.