Stable Condition, Asks Us to Think of Puskás
8 December 2006, 9:26
Schmitt, who was taken to hospital Friday at dawn with chest pains, is now
safe, and his condition has stabilised. The Chairman of the Hungarian
Olympic Committee and President of the Ferenc Puskás Tribute Committee
asks everyone to be at the "Nation's Farewell", the memorial ceremony for
As Thursday gave way to dawn on Friday morning, Pál Scmitt, Chairman of
the Hungarian Olympic Committee and Vice-President of the Young Democrat
(FIDESZ) Party, became ill. Friday at dawn, he was taken to hospital in
Budapest with chest pains.
Puskás's Widow Appointed Him Leader
Puskás, who passed away on 17 November, left behind a widow. She
personally asked the sports leader to head the Ferenc Puskás Tribute
Committee, the committee that organised Saturday's memorial ceremony and
final farewell to the football legend.
Shortly after nine o'clock, Schmitt submitted the following statement to
INDEX: "I would hereby like to say thank you to all of those who conveyed,
through my family and colleagues, their concerns over the state of my
health and their wishes for my speedy recovery."
Let Us Gather at the Nation's Farewell
His official statement concluded, "I respectfully ask of everyone, in
these days of national mourning, to keep in mind the tribute ceremony, the
"Nation's Farewell", which I coordinated myself. That is why I'm asking
everyone to gather at Ferenc Puskás Stadium at 4 p.m. on Saturday, where
the nation will bid farewell to Ferenc Puskás."
According to INDEX sources, Schmitt was working strenuously the past few
days in order to bring the farewell to a perfect completion. His
colleagues report that he showed no signs of illness. They believe, along
with everyone else, that he will be released from the hospital this very