Belu will decide the team in the last
From a Realitatea TV news program,
an all news Romanian channel (CNN-alike)
Saturday morning, the Romanian Olympic team have had the last
test which it was considered to be the final and decisive
test for the team selection.
According to our field reporters, the tears-and-drama meeting
between Mrs. Bitang with Andreea Munteanu and her parents
took place early in the morning (8,30 a.m.), before the training
session (which mean the decision was made Friday evening).
Belu stated in his last interview before
leaving to Athens that the weakest points of this team is
the lack of experience, which often is determinant in obtain
a title. But lack of experience can be, as sometimes in the
past, a benefit also-because outsider can surprise better
judges and other self-confident gymnasts).
"Maybe is better the girls from team doesn't know what they
have to expect "(how difficult the competition will be). This
statement remind us an old, very common Romanian coaches tactics-to
not let the girls from team to look at score board during
contest, helping them to concentrate at their next evolution
rather than making calculations.
"I'm afraid only on our own fears, inhibitions, our problems
(speaking about some errors in exercises) " , Octavian
Belu said. "If we succeed to pass over
our own problems we have and we know, if some of them will
not be so evident to referees, we have good chances".
"The final team will be decided only one day before contest",
Belu said, visible marked by the bad
luck from this week, when he was forced to ask Silvia
Stroescu to return, after they did not included
her in the team.
Ponor, very unsure and marked about her teammate
exclusion from team:"I think we have pretty good chances to
win the Team title and maybe 1-2 medals on individual."
Rosu said: " It will be difficult, Athens is
our first Olympics contest, I hope everything will work fine
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.