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10 January 2020

34th LEN European Water Polo Championships

Hungary: 34th LEN European Water Polo Championships, 10 January 2020. Images from Magyar Posta.

Information from an email received on 10 January 2020, containing links to the stamp information PDF and shop:

Type: special stamp
Short description: Magyar Posta is marking the 34th LEN European Water Polo Championships, which are being held in Hungary, by issuing a special stamp.
Printing Office: ANY Biztonsági Nyomda Nyrt.
Issue year: 2020
Issue time: 10 January 2020
Perforation Sizer: 30 x 40 mm
Stamp Circulation: 50000
Theme:sport
Designer: Graphasel Design Studio (Csaba Attila Dobos graphic artist and László Ördögh art director)
Stamped/Uncanceled: mint

Magyar Posta is marking the 34th LEN European Water Polo Championships, which are being held in Hungary, by issuing a special stamp. Fifty thousand copies of the stamp were produced by ANY Security Printing Company based on the designs of the artists of the Graphasel Design Studio: Csaba Attila Dobos graphic artist and László Ördögh art director. The new issue will go on sale from 10 January 2020 and from that date will be available at first day post offices, Filaposta, philately specialist services, certain post offices and www.posta.hu.

This is the fifth occasion that Hungary has hosted the adult European water polo championships, which will be staged between 12 and 26 January 2020 in the world-class centre for swimming and water sports, the Duna Aréna in Budapest.

The first European championship was held in 1926 and, to avoid clashing with the summer Olympics, the second was held in 1927 and the third in 1931. The continental encounters became more and more successful every time the event was held. In water polo the first women’s European championship was staged in Oslo in 1985. This branch of sport broke away from swimming in 1997, when the first independent water polo championship was organised in Europe.

Currently the competition is held every two years, in the summer midway through the Olympic cycle and at the beginning of the year in years when the Olympics are staged.

A male water polo player in action is shown on the special stamp while a woman playing water polo appears on the first day cover. The official logo of the 34th LEN European Water Polo Championships appears on the stamp, first day cover and postmark alike.

According to Wikipedia,
The European Water Polo Championship is a sport competition for national water polo teams, currently held biannually and organized by the Ligue Européenne de Natation (LEN), the governing European aquatics federation. There are both men’s and women’s competitions.

The first European Water Polo Championship was held in 1926 in Budapest, Hungary, with just a men’s competition. The women for the first time competed in 1985 (Oslo, Norway) for the European title. The water polo tournament was part of the European Aquatics Championships up to and including 1997, and from 1999 the event was separated and got its own independent tournament.

The 2020 Women’s European Water Polo Championship will be the 18th edition of the major European water polo tournament for national teams. It will be held at the Danube Arena in Budapest, Hungary, from 12 to 25 January 2020.

LEN announced the choice of Budapest as host for the competition on 9 July 2016. All the matches will be played at the Danube Arena.

Duna Aréna in Budapest, Hungary. Photo taken on 11 July 2017 by Christo.

According to 2020Budapest.com,
Duna Aréna was the main venue of the FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2017. This state of the art water sports complex was built within two years, which was a kind of world record time. It has two Olympic size swimming-pools, and in its legacy from seats more than 5300 spectators during the competitions. The remarkable complex has become one of the most important sport and festival centres of Hungary, offering entertainment for thousands of people. Sustainability and the environment-friendliness were the two main principles to follow when constructing the complex, which was designed and built by Hungarian people. It has a programmable fountain, praising the creativity of students at Moholy-Nagy University of Art, which can create different configurations.

From the roof terrace of the swimming-pool there is a fantastic view to Budapest. The Arena is only 50 metres far from the Danube and from here we can see the Houses of Parliament and Buda Castle. When the weather allows, even the peaks of Dobogókő can be seen.

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