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Olympic anti-vax ring champion dies of Covid after agreeing to let jab continue working

The AN Olympic gold medalist and vaccine skeptic has died of Covid at the age of 51 – just weeks after agreeing to accept the gold medal to continue his coaching work.

Hungarian killer Szilveszter Csollany, the hero of the ring, had taken the vaccine just before he got sick, so he didn’t make enough antibodies to provide complete protection.

Tragedy Szilveszter Csollany wowed Hungary and the world when he won the Olympic gold ring at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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Tragedy Szilveszter Csollany wowed Hungary and the world when he won the Olympic gold ring at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.Credit: AP: Associated Press
Szilveszter Csollany is at his peak, having won this gold 22 years ago, but also won an Olympic silver medal in 1996 and was a world champion in 1998.

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Szilveszter Csollany is at his peak, having won this gold 22 years ago, but also won an Olympic silver medal in 1996 and was a world champion in 1998.Credit: AFP

Csollany shared ‘anti-vax’ posts on Facebook and once joked on Instagram that he vaccinated himself for ‘vodka’.

And in his last post, last August, he declared pro-vaccination information ‘nonsense’ – although he insisted he was neither for nor against being poked.

The UK government says people who are vaccinated against Covid are eight times more likely to not need hospital treatment than those with unvaccinated coronarius.

And the UK Health Security Agency rates the booster vaccine as 88% as likely to prevent Covid victims from being hospitalized.

But even though Hungary suffered from a spike in Covid, mainly through Omicron, Csollany did not accept this.

Budapest Blikk Newspaper said that he eventually wanted to continue working as a gymnastics coach abroad.

His doctor reports that the Sydney 2000 champion has a Dutchman Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – which only requires one dose.

But he soon contracted Covid and became so sick in November that he was hospitalized and on a ventilator for weeks.

And on Monday, the Hungarian Olympic Committee announced: “We are saddened to inform you of the death of Szilveszter Csollany.”

The Hungarian Gymnastics Federation paid tribute, saying: “The Olympic champion gymnast has achieved outstanding results not only as an athlete, but also as an athlete. an excellent husband and a very good father.”

Csollany was the 2002 world champion – having previously won five silvers, the first being in 1992.

The 1998 European gold champion reached the pinnacle of his career with the pinnacle gong at the 2000 Olympics, four years after winning the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics.

Csollany sparked controversy with a video in his last Facebook post 5 months ago.

Apparently while talking to a medical professional on the phone, he wrote: “I just want to understand! I’m not against or for vaccines…. really don’t know what’s good… and this video shows exactly why i don’t know.

“The information they gave was bullshit. If they could explain it logically, people would have surprised themselves long ago.”

In recent years, he has served as a coach in Iceland and Austria.

This Instagram post was among Szilveszter Csollany's Covid cynical messages (with his name translated to New Year's Eve by Google Translate)

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This Instagram post was among Szilveszter Csollany’s Covid cynical messages (with his name translated to New Year’s Eve by Google Translate)

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Huynh Nguyen

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