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To-day opened the biggest attractions of Budapest!

Heads-up to the giant projector to watch the last 4-days of the Water Polo Championship finals at the spectacular pool  established by the  banks of the River Danube, located at the 15th of  March Square,  where 290 viewers can follow the water polo finals!

Rita Drávucz, Alexandar Sostar, Gergely Kiss, Zoltan Kos and Zoltán Szécsi world, European and Olympic water polo champions were also present  on the spot during the opening ceremony.

György Beck – chairman of  Vodafone – Hungary at the Wednesday’s press conference,  pointed out by highlighting his thanks for the co-operation  between the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) to set-up the Arena within  the period of a week, to view all the clashes happening  at the same time on the Margaret Island  through broadcasting here on the Arena’s giant projector. So through the giant projector.  At the pool  the locals and foreigners. can  follow the water games  in comfort.  Tomorrow when the final countdown begins two more giant projectors will be placed for the audience left outside due to the lack of space  from  the Margaret Island .

Dénes Kemény – president of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation at to-day’s opening he highly welcomed  the space and timing to have been built the Vodafone Arena in the heart of Budapest. Added by wishing a successful European Championship to all teams in Budapest. He also wished to mention that a couple of the water polo champions of the world will be present in commentating the water polo events on the spot.  Will most probably be full of joy and jump into this awesome water pool by seeing the awaited shinning results. By-the-way, nothing will remain in secret what’s happening under the water, because all motions can be viewed through the pool’s major glass walls. Here at the Vodaphone Area it is a superb place to be beside the Margaret Island where hundreds of spectators can view the last four day’s pool matches. The president told us that already fifty thousand visitors made it to the Margaret Island’s pool and through the TV channels broadcasting constantly the Water Polo European Championship, approximately a half-a-million folks where interested to follow the  flying ball on the water. Mr. Kemény also spread the news of tomorrow by saying … the European Championship success in water sports international associations (FINA, LEN) leadership has been recognized. Furthermore, Hungary is the world’s water sport’s center of  gravity. Int he coming years Margaret Island will be the venue in the European competition. It will be the beginning of a very special series  of water polo event beginning in 2017  „Junior Swimming World Championships”. In 2021 the World Championships and jointly the „Masters World Championship”  as well in Budapest.  On Sunday, 27.,  due to take place with a boost off to be holding  presentation matches. Before the  men’s Bronze match, and the Championship Finals Firsts match, Ádám Steinmetz – Olympic champion, Frank Tóth – World Cup winner and Szilárd Jansik and Márton Lévai  (as to previously selected team members)  will be competing, challenging the amateur water polo players.

For those fans interested which team will be the European Cup winner and missed purchasing their tickets to the main venue at the Margaret Island may follow the water fights hitting the ball into the net may watch the team in an environment of an arena set-up with a giant screen . The casual Sport Television will  hold a studio whereas the  Olympic water polo champions will be present to comment on the games.

Vodafone Water Polo Arena Budapest can be visited by the public between July, 24 to 27. 2014.

To enter fee is needed at the arena, only just a registration is required on the spot.

Opening hours at the Vodaphone Water Polo Arena – Budapest:

Thursday, July, 24. … 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  … Friday, July, 25, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. … Saturday, July, 26. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. … Sunday, July, 27. 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The video was taken at the press conference of to-day,  playing for fun by the a/m Olympic and World Champs:


Update, video and snaps by Aggie Reiter



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In a couple of hours the music and dancing on the ice will fill the air at the Budapest’s Figure Skating European Championship.

Before turning onto today’s press call, here is a little preview: Today, January 14, one day before the Budapest’s European Championship Race Day to be held at the Syma Hall (District XIV., 2. Ifjúság Street – Budapest) where throughout the day the athletes are carrying out their “dry workouts,  the media representatives were called to the opening of an exhibition at the Sport Museum introducing the prominent ice-skaters of  Hungary. The highlight at the opening ceremony was as to see  in person the grand ice-stars still being with us. The title of the exhibition is „Skating anno Chapters in the history of figure skating by Hungarians”. The exhibition shows in time and space the grand skaters of Hungary along with the decades ago in use of figure skating outfits, tools and precious relics. The press conference ceremonial welcomed the presence of class players and Hungarian skating defining personals as Zsuzsa Almássy, Julia Sebestyén,  Klári Kozáry,  Krisztina Regőczy, Klári Engi,  Éva Saáry, Lili Krész and György Czakó. The list of the a/m figure skaters would be pretty long, but wish to mention two amazing skaters in Hungary from the time when most of us were not around, yet they gave so much joy to the Nation with their performances. Éva Saáry (born:1926) in  ’46, ’51 and ’52 won the Hungarian championship. In 1948 second in the figure-skating at Saint Moritz. She was nominated as the best Hungarian woman figure skater in 1951. György Czakó (born:1933) the  three times Hungarian Champion figure skater in his career he repeatedly participated in senior European and World Championships, featured in the 1952 Olympics and beyond that the winner of several international competitions.

In addition to the Hungarian excellencies, the French classic and coach of the Túróczi-Major ice-dancing pair former World and European Champion Olivier Schoenfelder was present as well. As he said: Quote: “Since the beginning of the summer in 2013 we have been working together. Our cooperation is going very smoothly. They both are developing very quickly, we have also been accredited to the next World Cup. I see in them a developing opportunity and I hope they will arrive to the next Olympics. Lajos Szabó – Director of the Museum and Krisztina Regőczy Olympic silver medalist, world champion figure skater held a short guided tour for the visitors. Revived reality of the past, when she stood at her former world-class tableau seeing herself and recalling the amazing career standout stations with  András Sallay her pair at world  and olympic championships. Krisztina said: Quote „I have all my outfits which I preformed in our role on figure skating. Only missing one, which will remain as a great sorrow of mine, loving it so deeply … that was the Hungarian folk-art outfit, which was a gorgeous product  by an American designer, I wore it at the figure skating. After the performance I had to leave the outfit in the States. Have no idea where it landed, or even if it is still in one  piece. About the  superb Hungarian pair of all times in figure skating in a nutshell: They won the World Professional Figure Skating Championship two-times in 1980 and 1982.Also earned a degree in coaching at the College of Physical Education in  ’88. Been a remember of the board of directors of the Hungarian Olympic Committee since 2009 and chairman of the Women in Sport Committee. Later she accepted an important position in the International Skating Union, becoming the Sport Director of the figure skating, ice dancing and synchronized skating disciplines in the year 2010. Her pair András Sallay after leaving the ice, became an art dealer, later painted him as well. Never-the-less he still remain in connection with the international figure skating, serving as figure skating expert and the representative in East Europe for IMG, global sport and media business.

Perhaps in a few years on these Wall of Fame at the exhibition, new chapters will increase in the history of Hungarian skating.

This unique exhibition is worthwhile to visit not just for visually interested of to-day ice-skaters but to learn a bit of those  way back  times of the Hungarian individuals of who’s life was all about ice and skating back in the early 20th century.

The exhibition will be open on the dates during the European Championship and also visited free of charge by those person holding their tickets.

György Sallak – MOKSZ and the Executive Director of the European Championship said: Quote: „Everyone is welcome to the Syma Hall and we will do everything in our possibility to avoid having to have to wait for over ten years for Hungary to host a forthcoming European Championship. The sale of tickets is good, 70 to 80 percent are already sold out.” Lajos Kósa – Chair of the Hungarian National Skating Federation (MOKSZ) told us, that there is no medal chance to fall into the hands in the men’s for Kristóf Forgó and for Turóczi Dora – Balázs Major ice dancing pair. At the moment at the Sochi Olympics. István Simicskó – Minister of State for Human Resources of the Ministry of Sports spoke about amount of three billion HUF to be received at the MOKSZ by 2020 within the framework of the state funding for 16 priority sports and that sort of 50-million EUR contribution to the ministry. He did this and has high hopes that the continent fighting will boost into the sport world, which will enable to choose more and more young people. Zsolt Laszló Szabó – Acting CEO of the Media Service Support and Asset Management Fund (MTVA) reported there will be twelve hundred mins. live broadcasting on the European Championship. Hundred million people may follow the Figure Skating European Championship in HD broadcast worldwide.

The Championship organisers said, the men skaters are expected to have tough fights with the Spanish defending champion Javier Fernandez since winning three former European championships and with the three-time French Championship gold medalist Brian Joubert, who won the first title in Budapest ten years ago. The current participants were present at the previous European Championship in Hungary. As for the rest of the numbers for men, well count on to be an exciting prospect at the competition.

As for tomorrow … „Successful past and a hopefully future, great role models and talented youth. Thus kicks off in figure skating and ice dancing European Championships of 2014 in Budapest. World Stars on Ice, 350 thousand USD prize money, the defending champion and unchallenged and by nature for us Hungarians is probably the most important is our three outstanding young ones to make it their best.

The European Championship has a line up of 170 competitors from over 30 nations. The individual winners will receive 20,000 EUR, while the pair and ice dance gold medalist will receive 30,000 EUR.

Update and snaps by Aggie Reiter