As you surely know Mergl Balazs can hold the honorable title of the First Armwrestler Banned by the Hungarian Federation for all time! It was a bit going on, remember what time it was, full of entries, insults and empty gestures. At last year's 1st IFA World Championships, a new team appeared in the colors of Hungary. It is headed by the Legend Szász György. I invite you to talk about these matters. Mergl Balazs has a voice. ()
PeSzy: You can say that you have passed into the history of world armwrestling... Is there a distinction between WAF and IFA in Hungary? What does the athlets situation look like in all this?
Mergl Balazs: Hungary was originally a WAF member, leading to most of its competitors participating in this federation, this was the reasoning behind my own personal ban last year (see more in previous article). There has recently been a change within the Hungarian arm-wrestling world, with more competitors beginning to open their eyes and agree with me on this situation, as well as the establishment of the IFA. The idea of making a new association and joining the new world federation was flirted with, but something or someone was missing.
Today we know, that the missing thing was in fact Szász György, a legend and the best arm-wrestler of all time in Hungary! It was an honour when he offered to be part of the building of the association, and in that moment, I already knew that we had found the perfect president for our new team. After a few weeks, with the help of some brave and motivated arm-wrestlers the Hungarian Association of Arm-wrestling was born. The members are really motivated about the development of the association and would like to be recognised as a good team internationally, therefore we have decided to participate in as many international competitions as possible. Right now, in Hungary everybody has the opportunity to choose between both federations, obviously we would prefer people to choose the international championships and hope that the event organisers will follow suit.
Personally, I am really proud of all the team members, starting with the competitors right the way through to their family members. We have a lot to thank them for, not least because of their great support.
PeSzy: How you combine sport and studies so far? What field of study?
In my point of view, university studies and training are an efficient combination. Both activities are of course tiring, but they also complement eachother well. Typically I would start my day with an early morning training session before heading out to university, this sets me up for the day ahead, increasing my energy levels, enabling me to be vigilant and alert.