Hungary's swim head resigns ahead of hosting 2017 worlds

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) The head of Hungary's swimming federation says he is resigning, less than a year before the country will host the 2017 world championships.

Calls for the ouster of Tamas Gyarfas, who first became federation president in 1993, have been led by three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu, who called him the ''most harmful factor'' for Hungarian swimming.

Gyarfas says he decided to resign because it's ''what I can now do to help the most.''

Hosszu and other top swimmers made repeated appeals for greater transparency and more democratic decision-making within the federation and better training conditions.

Gyarfas, who has been a member of the executive committee of FINA since 2009, was credited with securing next July's world championships for Hungary.