H.E. Pál Schmitt

 

H.E. Pál Schmitt
S.E. Pal Schmitt
President of the Republic of Hungary, member of the International Olympic Committee

 

li Biography


Born in 1942 in Budapest (Hungary), all his life Pál Schmitt has combined sport with his political convictions.

A top level fencer, he won the gold medal in team fencing in the Mexico City Summer Olympics (1968) and then at the Munich Summer Olympics (1972).

 

Deeply involved in global sport governance and anxious to give athletes a predominant place in the Olympic movement, he became a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1983, served as President of the Hungarian National Olympic Committee from 1989 to 2010 and President of the World Olympians Association of (WOA) from 1999 to 2007.

 

At the same time, he entered politics in his country and became a European MP in 2004.

 

He was then elected as MP in his country after the victory of the Fidesz Conservative Party in the Hungarian elections in 2010. Briefly President of the National Assembly of Hungary from May to August, he was elected President of the Republic of Hungary in June 2010.

 

In this role, he wants to use sport "to strengthen democracy, facilitate dialogue and promote tolerance and understanding."

 

li His commitment to Peace and Sport