Judit Polgar received Honorary Doctorate from the Budapest University of Physical Education

Based
on the opinion of the University’s Doctoral Council, Caissa award-winning Judit
Polgár, the best female chess player in the history of chess was granted the
title of “Doctor Honoris Causa” by the Senate of the Budapest University of
Physical Education.

Operating
as an independent entity since 2014, the educational establishment has been
awarding honorary doctorates to outstanding professionals since 1981 (but not
every year!) in the field of sports sciences and sports diplomacy: to
professors, researchers, teachers, sports directors.

Merely
over the last four decades, 44 honorary doctorates have been conferred.

A
non-exhaustive list of the honorary doctors of the Budapest establishment
includes: Juan Antonio Samaranch, Spanish and Jacques Rogge Belgian sports
diplomats, the 7th and 8th President of the International
Olympic Committee, respectively; Gertrud Pfister, German sports sociologist and
sports historian; João Havelange, Brazilian sports director, former President
of the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) and John O.
Holloszy, Doctor of Medicine, former professor at the School of Medicine at
Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, US, as well as Higuchi Mitsuru,
professor at Waseda University (Japan), former director of the Japanese
National Institute for Health and Nutrition and current director of Advanced
Aging Research.

“The
honorary doctorate is a great distinction for me and a milestone for the chess
universe. This recognition is significant and special because it provides
further proof of what I have always believed and emphasized: that chess is a
sport. According to the resolution of the International Olympic Committee, in
my country, Hungary and many other countries chess is a sport, a fact which is
still being questioned by many. This recognition is an important step towards
keeping the discussion on chess alive and gently convincing the sceptics: chess
is a sport and this only further strengthens its existing and living
relationship with play, education, arts and science,” says Judit Polgár.

You can read the official statement here