FINA 'monitoring situation' after Gyarfas arrested in murder case
Tamas Gyarfas, a member of the ruling executive of FINA, the international swimming federation, has been arrested in his home country of Hungary on suspicion of involvement in a murder 20 years ago.
The 69-year-old Gyarfas is accused of ordering the killing of media tycoon Janos Fenyo in Budapest (pictured), according to the state news agency MTI.
In a statement, the federation said: "FINA is aware of the media reports regarding FINA Executive Member, Tamas Gyarfas. We will continue to monitor the situation closely as we await further developments of the ongoing investigation."
Fenyo, who owned newspapers, magazines and a television network, was shot dead in his car while he waited at a stop light on 11 February, 1998.
Jozef Rohac, a Slovakian, was jailed for life last year for committing the murder.
However, Gyarfas and a second man, Tamas Portik, already serving a 13-year sentence for a separate crime, are suspected of instigating the killing.
Following a restructuring last year, the FINA executive comprises eight members, including president Julio Maglione of Uruguay who nominated Gyarfas to ensure continental representation.
The Hungarian is also a member of the larger FINA bureau, which has 25 voting members.
Gyarfas, a former journalist and TV producer, was head of the MUSZ, the Hungarian swimming association, until November 2016 when he resigned under pressure from some of the country’s top swimmers, including three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu.
He was also a member of the bid committee for Budapest 2024, the city’s ultimately withdrawn bid to host the Olympic Games of that year.