Budapest saw another busy weekend dedicated to water polo.
LEN President Paolo Barelli was present and had several important meetings. Besides the European Super Cup Finals, the LEN Technical Water Polo Committee also held its meeting and the draw for the qualification play-offs of the 2018 European Water Polo Championships took place as well.
The Hungarian capital is a host for a kind of endless series of aquatic activities, including outstanding meets and out-of-pool events. This weekend had both: sport was in the spotlight in the Komjadi Pool where the European Super Cup Finals were held back-to-back. The women’s game between Kinef Kirishi (RUS) and UVSE Budapest (HUN) brought a fine win for Euro League winner Kirishi, while the men’s game, featuring two Hungarian sides, ended in a penalty shootout where Champions League winner Szolnok edged out Ferencvaros.
LEN President Paolo Barelli handed over the trophies together with fellow Bureau Members and Water Polo Liaisons Fernando Carpena and Aleksandr Sostar. Hungary’s State Secretary for Sport Tunde Szabo also had her share in the presentation.
Beforehand Mrs Szabo, together with LEN Treasurer Tamas Gyarfas and Hungarian Water Polo Federation President Denes Kemeny briefly overviewed the preparations for the 2020 edition of the European Water Polo Championships with the LEN President.
“Staging an aquatic, or let me say any major sport event in Hungary is a kind of guarantee for any international or continental federation” Mr Barelli said. “Here the Government’s support for sport is truly unique, a key for success. LEN couldn’t wish any firmer commitment and dedication at the highest level in a country. And this applies especially to aquatics as State Secretary Tunde Szabo was an Olympic silver medallist swimmer.”
On the occasion of the LEN TWPC meeting and the draw for the 2018 European Championships’ qualifications, the preparations for this season’s brand new LEN Event, the water polo Europa Cup were also discussed by the LEN leaders.
At the end of the events Paolo Barelli praised the efforts of the Hungarian Water Polo Federation for creating a great environment for the Super Cup finals. “Again, congratulations for President Denes Kemeny and his team. Though we had only two games, they presented a set-up with the highest standards and offered their professionalism in organisation once more. LEN is grateful for them and of course for the teams which produced two marvellous matches.”