New Year’s resolutions being a popular activity, it is little surprise that scientists have dashed hope with hard statistics. Recent studies suggest that while 52 per cent of pledgers are confident of success, only 10-20 per cent actually achieve their goals.
The Hungarian national football team said goodbye this week to a relatively successful 2011 with a loss away to Poland, one of the co-hosts of the European Championship next year.
Hungarian racehorse Over-dose won last Sunday’s Group III race in Rome by half a length, with jockey Frankie Dettori saying the margin could have been at least five more lengths “It was tactics because I only wanted him to run as fast as necessary for a secure win,” said the world-famous Italian, who is known for riding all seven winners on Champions Day at Ascot, England, in 1996.
The Hungarian national football 11 must face Sweden and Moldova in Euro 2012 qualifiers on 2 and 6 September without the help of perhaps their best player, after Balázs Dzsudzsák broke his collarbone in a Russian Premier League game against Rostov last Saturday.
Hungary’s 32-year-old super middleweight boxer Károly Balzsay defeated Ukrainian Stanislav Kashtanov in 12 rounds in Donetsk, Ukraine, last Friday.
A proposal passed by Parliament to stop sports hooliganism, mostly by football fans, will increase the possibilities to ban offenders from sports grounds, including for crimes on the way to or from venues. Serious offences could carry a jail sentence of up to three years. Invading the pitch or throwing objects on it could attract a maximum HUF 150,000 (EUR 556) penalty.
The Hungarian men’s tennis Davis Cup team came from 1-2 behind to defeat Belarus 3-2 in Gödöll? last weekend and earn the chance to appear in a play-off that will decide promotion to the competition’s second tier, Group One of the Euro/African Zone.
Europe’s emerging golf talent will appear in the European Young Masters tournament at the 18-hole Royal Balaton Golf and Yacht Club in Balatonudvari between 18 and 24 July.
The nation’s best stallion, Overdose, will appear as guest of honour at this Sunday’s 89th Hungarian Derby at Kincsem Park, Budapest.