Olympic Champion in 1976, six times World Champion David Rigert paid a visit to Hungary to attend the ceremony when the Weightlifting Academy and Sports School in Iregszemcse received his name.
To commemorate this occasion, an international competition was held in Iregszemcse, Hungary specially organized to honor the iconic weightlifter. The “David Rigert Weightlifting Academy” was officially inaugurated in the presence of Hungarian Weightlifting President Imre Dobos and General Secretary Maria Takacs.
Elected member of the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame in 1999, David Rigert was elected Member of the IWF Coaching and Research Committee at the Electoral Congress in Moscow. To many he still incorporates the ultimate weightlifter.
During his visit in Hungary, David Rigert met Dr. Tamas Ajan IWF President.