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[06.10/ GMT 17,10] Oana returns...?

Oana-1st phone interview

Q.: Oana, how are you?
Oana Ban: Fine, just arrived at Internet café.
Q.: there are few messages for you to see on your special forum. Anyway, we call you for another reason: the Romanian National television said that they will have later a story about your today meeting with Belu and about your possible return to Deva.
Oana Ban: return?
Q: Can you make comments on this?
Oana Ban: No, no, please understand, I don't want to speak about this.Please don't write about it.
Q: It was a TV news so we have it from other sources, we already made a...
Oana Ban: I see right now on screen "Flashnews" ,Oana returns???!...(seems surprised but not angry)
Q: Do you want to give us more details or maybe you just look in the evening what they say and confirm or not, please?
Oana Ban: I would rather prefer not to speak about this.
Q.: I see, we respect your decision, we shall use our other sources in the meantime to see what we can find.

2nd phone interview [GMT 19,00]
Q. Hello Oana, did you see the news, we have the transcript here and our colleagues said they saw you happy on TV.
Oana Ban: No, the images with me were older, not from today.
Q: Can you tell us if you really think about return to Deva?
Oana Ban: I would rather not comment on this.
Q: But you don't deny the possibility of returning at team?At least, not at all?...
Oana Ban: Maybe, I don't know now.
Q.: Can we consider that you don't reject in full the possibility of return at Deva? I mean, there is a possibility of your return at team?
Oana Ban: Yes, you can consider this and say I don't deny neither confirm this possibility.
Q: tell me something else, our sources told us that you can be considered as a amenable person; does this mean that if your coaches will "try harder" you may go back at Deva?
Oana Ban: Who said that I'm amenable?... It is somehow true, but who told you?
Q: Our sources, older girls which knows you, but we can't tell you more, like you...?
Oana Ban: O, I see, (voice sounding like she is giggling)
Q: Oana, does this mean we have to speed up the posting of all our stories and photo stories with you at home, since you may go back at "cazarma din Deva?''
Oana Ban:(laughing): No, don't worry, this does not have anything to do, you can use them as you may intended.
Q: They said at TV that you have received another cash prize, from Hunedoara county (where Deva is located), 50 millions lei (like $1500). Did you get them?
Oana Ban: Yes.
Q: What else?
Oana Ban: a mobile phone "Samsung" [the ones promised when girls returned to Deva from Athens by a Deva company].
Q: Just checking, because many have promised and some of those companies seems to forgot (like the trip to Egypt froma deva travel agency). Did you get the promised prize from the Cluj city Mayor?
Oana Ban: No, but the local council have told me they have a difficult situation, their budget is so low and tight and I have to wait a little bit more
[our note: the amount promised is only like $3000, but the new local council, just elected in June, have found that previous pro-government council which have lost local election, have spend the whole budget for this year, the aren't money even to pay electricity bills for their building]
Q: thanks for your kindness, is late now in Romania, good luck tomorrow at University!
Oana Ban: thank to you and to those which have posted messages, will send you the answers to their questions soon.

Our comments: our sources says that Mrs. Bitang want (somehow badly) Oana back in Deva. For me, this mean that B&B think seriously about staying for next Olympics, because Oana may be useful as a team member only next year. It will be hard for Oana to return, but it seems to us there is a slight chance she may want to do that (or at least she keep her options opened).

All the girls have received the cash prizes from Hunedoara county.Belu said in interview that this Hunedoara county was the only which gave prizes to all the team members. [Other local counties awarded prizes only to girls living in their own county]. The team have received, through Hunedoara county, an invitation to spend some time for recovery into a Hungarian resort.

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