POSTED: August 19th 2016

Olympics: Swimmer Gyurta thrilled to be elected to the IOC while he is supporting Budapest 2024

New IOC member Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta © Mike Hewitt / Getty Images Europe
New IOC member Hungarian swimmer Daniel Gyurta © Mike Hewitt / Getty Images Europe

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Hungary's Olympic swimming champion and world record holder, Daniel Gyurta has been elected to the International Olympic Committee (IOC)'s Athletes' Commission. The news of the appointment was announced at the National House of Hungary in Rio de Janeiro.

"It's a great honor to be elected as an IOC Athletes' Commission member...especially getting the support and votes of all the other athletes here in Rio. But beyond that, this is also a huge responsibility. It has just happened and I still have to get used to this new situation. But I will give my best always, and do my utmost to represent athletes' interests in the world of sports. It gives me an amazing feeling, and again a sense of real responsibility, that I have become a member of the IOC during the bid of my hometown, Budapest, to host the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games," expressed Gyurta.

Born in Budapest, Gyurta made his first Olympic team when he was 15 years old. Since then, he has competed in 2004, 2008, and 2012 Summer Olympics. He went on to become the youngest Olympian in history since 1932 to win a medal with a silver medal win in Athens. Gyurta also holds the meet record at the World Championship in the 200m breaststroke, Olympic record in the same event, and has the three fastest SCM 200m breaststroke times in history.

Gyurta efforts extend beyond his Olympic achievements as he is a strong advocate for Tabitha Hospice, a local children's charity in Budapest. His charity work has been recognized by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as they awarded him the Fair Play award.

President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee, Zsolt Borkai stated, "I speak for everyone here when I say we could not be prouder of Daniel. He is a fine athlete and a fine person, and we are proud that his peers have put their trust in a great Hungarian to represent them."

In addition, Gyurta will be joined by three other Olympians including Britta Heidemann (Germany), Seung-Min Ryu (Korea), and Yelena Isinbayeva (Russian Federation). 5,185 athletes voted in the election and they choose these four athletes from 23 candidates in 23 countries. The new members will be officially introduced at the Rio 2016 Closing Ceremony, upon approval by the IOC.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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