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President Barelli meets Hungarian PM Viktor Orban

LEN President Paolo Barelli met Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban at Budapest in the Parliament. The meeting took place on the occasion of the FINA World Water Polo Conference when a delegation, led by FINA President Dr Julio C. Maglione, was welcomed by Hungary’s freshly re-elected leader.

Mr Orban greeted Mr Barelli as a long-time friend since the LEN President, also a newly elected representative in the Italian Parliament, is a returning guest to PM’s Office where representatives of the aquatic sports showed up quite frequently in recent years. Consequently, Hungary hosted a series of outstanding events and there are a lot more to come in the near future.

The first in the line is the LEN Congress on 2 June when, beyond the usual agenda, the National Federation’s delegates can meet the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani as LEN’s Special Guest and might learn details of the ‘Learn to swim, prevention for drowning’ programme which aims to reduce the number of drowning cases around the continent.

During the meeting, Prime Minister Orban, President Barelli, Hungarian Swimming Federation President Sandor Wladar and Hungarian Water Polo Association President Denes Kemeny also discussed the plans for future aquatic competitions including the 2020 European Championships which would take place in the state-of-the-art Duna Arena, many considering the finest aquatic complex on Earth today.