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October 20, 2015 12:23 pm

Hungarian Swimming Federation Wants European League to Replace Israel as Championship Host

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The ad for the upcoming European swimming championship. to be held in December. Photo: Israel Swimming Association Facebook page.

The ad for the upcoming European swimming championship. to be held in December. Photo: Israel Swimming Association Facebook page.

In view of the current security situation in the Jewish state, the Hungarian Swimming Federation asked the European Swimming League (LEN) to re-examine Israel’s hosting of the short-course pool championship this winter, Channel 10 News Online reported on Tuesday.

The championship was slated to take place in December at the Wingate Institute for Physical Education and Sports in Netanya. The Israel Swimming Association (ISA) has spent months preparing for the prestigious event, budgeted at 10 million shekels ($2.6 million). And it is the first time that Israel has had the privilege of hosting a competition of this magnitude, with hundreds of participants from 50 European countries.

The response on the part of the ISA to its potential cancellation was short, but not sweet: “The Hungarians are trying to steal our [opportunity] to host the event.”

The heads of the ISA also called on Minister of Culture and Sport Miri Regev to intervene. This may not end up being necessary, however, as ISA Chairman Shai Shechner spoke to Italian Swimming Federation President Paolo Barelli, who assured him that the championship will take place in Israel as scheduled, after all.

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  • ART

    After the muslim tsunami don’t think europe will be safe. The muslim have invaded Hungary yet again and Hungarians remember what happened when the Ottomans ruled.

  • Cherie

    Best alternatives are Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Egypt or Syria!!!

    • Noel Eliscu

      that would be interesting,will the swimmers have to cover their whole head and all the female swimmers would have to female judges i think.

  • Herb Grossman

    The Hungarians are not satisfied to practice their antisemitism in their own country.

    • Lion of Judah

      We must oppose the racist hungarians, greeks and arabs at every turn.

      • Noel Eliscu

        why so few nations???????????

    • Paula Goldman

      We must oppose and conquer anti-Semitism wherever it exists now and forever.

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