More than 80 percent of President Pál Schmitt's 1992 doctoral thesis about the modern Olympic Games was copied from a similar work published in 1987 by a Bulgarian sports official, HVG reported. Schmitt's office issued a statement in which it "categorically rejects" the allegations made by the magazine HGV.
Schmitt, a former Olympic fencing champion, has been a member of the International Olympic Committee since 1983. He has been accused by the magazine of plagiarizing fellow IOC member Nikolay Georgiev, who died in 2005.
HVG said Schmitt listed Georgiev's work in the bibliography of his thesis, but there are no footnotes or other attributions crediting specific parts of the work to the Bulgarian author. HVG estimated that 180 of the thesis' 215 pages were copied from Georgiev.
Source: HVG, MTI
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