Is there any halacha in Shulchan Haruch concerning a shilach tzibor who has a STRONG & unpleasant persperation oder while leading the congregation while davening?

Answer:

Halachic sources address the chazan’s attire (see Shulchan Aruch 53:13, and Mishnah Berurah), and not his odor.

However, we can gather from the obligation of honorable attire that a shaliach tzibbur must be presentable and honorable (fitting to represent the congregation in standing before Hashem–no less than before a human king), and a strong and unpleasant odor is surely unfitting in this respect.

Of course, if one means to tell him by some means, one must be very wary that no shame will be caused.

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