Katinka Hosszú suing Swimming World Magazine over an article suggesting she might have used banned substances to aid her performances

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Five-time World Champion Swimmer Katinka Hosszú filed a libel lawsuit against Swimming World Magazine and journalist Casey Barrett over an article published in May suggesting that she might have used banned substances to aid her performances.

The head of the Hungarian Swimming Federation Tamás Gyárfás vigorously defended Katinka against the malicious allegations by the author of the article aiming to tarnish the reputation of the world class athlete without producing any evidence to justify the allegations.

Gyárfás also remarked that Katinka is one of the most tested athletes against banned substances in the world.

A few days after the article had been published by Swimming World Magazine Katinka issued a statement that among other things says: "It is not in my character to cheat–nor is it in my character to allow someone I don’t know and have never even met to attempt to destroy my reputation, apparently for his own selfish reasons. Here is something that I want for you to understand—nobody associated with this article ever contacted me or my coaches prior to it being published or even to this point in time to discuss my training methods, the hours I spend in the pool or my schedule, my diet, or the strict safeguards we have in place to ensure that I don’t mistakenly ingest any supplement or compound that is suspect or banned. In this day and age, facts apparently don’t matter to some people, but they matter to me. And they should matter to you."

(MTI –


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