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 Governement Reception for Romanian Gymnasts

Catalina Ponor: "I'm not doing gymnastics for money!"

[02.09/GMT 21,00] Two hours ago, the Romanian Government have hosted a Reception for all national Olympic medallists.

The gymnastics team was surrounded by all the Romanian media. It was previously announced that today they will receive the checks with the prizes.Instead, Prime Minister Nastase have handled to all medallists some official "confirmation letters" which state the amount...to be paid later, in 10 days.


Photo at right: The Romanian Olympic Team at today evening Government Reception for Olympics.
In the front, at left (white suit), Mr.Ion Tiriac, President of Romanian Olympic Comitee. In the middle, the Gymnastics Team. All photos by DAIS, used with special permission

Today was only a congratulations day, for the big disappointment of some athletes, which are expected back home with their small fortunes earned after years of hard work.

Maybe the Government members were anxious to congratulate the athletes (all members of Romanian Government were present), but the (in)famous Romanian bureaucracy was more powerful and the cash prizes can't be available until few more days.


Catalina Ponor will get around 7 billions lei for her, said Prima TV, a Romanian TV station which is close to Government and well informed about anything around it.

When asked repeatedly, by the Romanian press, about what her intentions and her future projects with the money earned, Ponor stated that "I didn't thought about this yet. I'm not doing gymnastics for money and my thoughts now are for next contest, not about spending the money". She seems to be very firmly and sincere in her words.


Marius Urzica answered at same question (what he want to do with his prize): "I will let them make more money in the bank (for interest earned). About next contest he said, seeing very determinate and looking with a little bit of hate in his eyes: " I want to beat the Chinese in the next contest and prove I'm better. I want tech him a lesson and this time I hope the referees will be other than in Athens..." (in AA contest in Athens, Urzica was considered by many as the real winner, having a better exercise than the final medallist. The Romanian state television even aired, half screen each, both executions at same time and you don't need to be a specialist to see Urzica have had twice the speed of the "champion" in his own execution and his last part of pommel horse exercise was by far more difficult).

Monica Rosu: "I'm very happy about this reception, is the first time when our team is invited at Government and the today prizes is the recognition of our many years of hard, very hard work".





Mrs. Bitang was not present, but Mr.Belu, coach of the national gymnastics team, said that: "When all the world said somebody is the best coach-after having proved for many years I can bring medals back home, you must have a reward close to the size of the results." ...
Well, they (finally) seems to get the picture, Mr.Belu.


   
   


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