POSTED: April 2nd 2012
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UPDATED: IOC member and Olympian Pal Schmitt resigns as Hungarian President

Former president (R) Laszlo Solyom and Pal Schmitt when he took over the office / Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary
Former president (R) Laszlo Solyom and Pal Schmitt when he took over the office / Office of the President of the Republic of Hungary

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: IOC member and gold medal Olympian Pal Schmitt has tendered his resignation as Hungarian president today amid controversy over his university doctorate. Schmitt also served as World Olympians Association (WOA) president for two terms and ran against Dr. Jacques Rogge for International Olympic Committee (IOC) head in 2001.

In a statement to the Hungarian parliament he said "my personal issue divides my beloved nation rather than unites it. It is my duty to end my service and resign my mandate as president."

Last week Budapest's Semmelweis University revoked his doctorate after they declared that a majority of this 1992 university these was not original material. The topic of his thesis was based on the modern Olympic Games.

Protests broke out in Budapest this weekend asking for his resignation and raising the pressure.

Schmitt belongs to the Fidesz party under Prime Minister Viktor Orban that backed his election in 2010 however the the government has been under fire for new laws on the media, judicial system and the central bank.

The Associated Press reports that the IOC has requested copies of the documents to review to see if there is any need for action from their ethics commission.

The press is also raising the instance of former USOC head Sandy Baldwin who was forced to resign after misrepresenting her academic career on her resume.


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