Hungary has lost one of its greatest champions. Gymnast Szilveszter Csollany, anti-vaccine but vaccinated, died on Monday of Covid-19 at the age of 51.
The Olympic champion in Sydney in 2000 contracted the coronavirus in early December and was hospitalized in serious condition. Placed on life support, his state of health continued to deteriorate and he eventually succumbed. “It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Szilveszter Csollany,” the national gymnastics federation and the Olympic Committee said in a statement, hailing an “exceptional” athlete.
During his career, Szilveszter Csollany was crowned European champion in Saint Petersburg (Russia) in 1998, then world champion four years later in Debrecen (Hungary). And after winning the silver medal at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996, he won gold in Australia before retiring in 2003.
If he had since become a coach, he was known to be opposed to the Covid-19 vaccine. On his Facebook page, he shared several “anti-vax” posts. Nevertheless, he had to resolve to get vaccinated to continue his activities.
Szilveszter Csollany thus received an injection of Janssen single-dose serum. But it was performed shortly before he became seriously ill and he was unable to develop sufficient levels of antibodies, according to tabloid Blikk.