Career highlights

  • Olympic Games: Gold medal and world record in 2012 (200m breaststroke)
  • Member of the FINA Athletes’ Commission (2016-)
  • 2017- Károly Eszterházy University of Applied Sciences, Eger – Department of Business Administration and Management

Why did I want to be a member of the IOC Athletes’ Commission?
I strongly believe that as an Olympian I possess a great responsibility for my peers, including partners, friends and rivals as well as the generation of retired athletes. Olympism and the Fundamental Principles of the Olympic Movement provide us with true and legitimate values by which I have been living in my civil and sporting career for the success and benefit of my family and community. Based on such realisation, my mission has been to assist the younger generation and ones in need especially. In order to achieve this, and fulfil my mission, the IOC Athletes’ Commission is a perfect platform because we share common values and objectives. Therefore, being a member of this highly regarded Commission, I am enabled to intensify my work and strengthen my commitment for the benefit of all athletes in general and the Olympians in particular.

What do the Olympic Games mean to me?
“The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part; the essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well,” said Pierre de Coubertin rightfully and with true wisdom . Based upon Coubertin’s teaching and following his mission statement, I have been living my life and have been doing my utmost to set an example and disseminate this life philosophy among athletes, officials and all in favour of sport. As an Olympic champion, I have a double obligation: firstly to return as much as possible to my family, my community, my sport and my home nation that raised me; and secondly to set an example for all how to fight well and never surrender even under the harshest circumstances. In summary, I can state that the Olympic Games are a pioneering social phenomenon for humanity to be able to unite people, create bridges among nations and allow every human to practise sport without discrimination.

Role in the AC

I also sit on the FINA Athletes’ Commission and I am committed to helping younger athletes through the Youth Olympic Games. They are the future generation and we must protect their rights in sport.

Additional roles in the IOC
Member of the following Commissions: Athletes’ (2016-), Sport and Active Society (2016-)