Szilveszter Csollány, Olympic, world and European champion gymnast is on a ventilator – says Magyar Nemzet. The 51-year-old former athlete is currently being treated in the intensive care unit of a hospital in Budapest due to the complications of the coronavirus infection.
The former athlete caught the coronavirus three weeks ago, and his condition began to deteriorate a week ago.
The newspaper called Csollány on the 23rd November to make their usual Saturday interview, but Csollány asked to postpone it due this his illness. Last Monday, he only responded to the newspaper by a text message, saying, that he was still not able to make the interview because he was being hospitalised. After that, he did not respond to the inquiries anymore.
The Hungarian Gymnastics Association said that they cannot confirm or refute the fact that Csollány is in the hospital.
“I do not know details about Szilas’s status or well-being” – said Csollány’s former coach, István Vereckei according to Borsonline.
The trainer continued: “Even the fact surprised me, that his body, his immune system was not resistant to the virus. I talked to him regularly on the phone and he recently mentioned that he started running half marathons. This is good for fitness, but it was unusual to hear because gymnasts are not known for their passion for long distance running. We even organised a cooking competition together. He claimed that he was better in the kitchen than me. However, when he tasted my cooking, he admitted that I was more competent with the spoon. I wish he will visit us again as soon as possible, and we can make some Christmas delicacies together. I pray for his speedy recovery.”
Csollány worked as a coach in Austria and was often sharing Covid-skeptical and anti-vaccination content on his Facebook page.
He won an Olympic silver medal in 1996 and a gold medal in 2000 as well as world championships and European championships.
Source: Magyar Nemzet, Bors