[April 7] Romanian gymnastics team- on "Training by
Romanian gymnastics team has visited today the new opened
"Sport and leisure"Exposition in Bucharest. Both
Catalina Ponor and coach Mariana Bitang were shown on TVR1
using some of the loss weigh machines exposed for athletes.
using the "relax-feet"machine,Gazeta photo
using loss wheight machine, Gazeta photo
team also visited the Izvorani Sport Center (which is also
the headquarters of ROC).
B&B has signed the $5000 contracts, all the Romanian Gymnastics
team and coaches has visited the site of the new gymnastics
hall-which was supposed to be ready long before. The visitor
could see only the foundation, the (fragile) skeleton and
a very bad project.
the ROC previous propaganda-intention of the visit, coach
Mariana Bitang has made some well targeted observations:the
main thing is the vault hollow is (almost) enough deep (it
didn't seem like that) but is definitely too narrow. "Monica,
go and have a measure"-said Bitang to Monica Rosu, during
the plans checking nearby the construction site. Monica has
used the very old good girls system: walking feet after feet,
they saw the idiot who made the plans made like a 25% error
here for Gazeta photo of Monica.
"We shall make the changes, any changes required"-said
an ROC official. But the foundation concrete was already poured.
Well, maybe they will break it using the heads (and personal
money) of those who made the plans and have signed for such
During the previous neo-communism regime,
it was much propaganda around a Government Program to build
400 sport halls around the country for young students and
athletes. Basically the idea was nice and useful, but like
any other idea/plan/initiative of the communist, it was overflowed
by massive corruption (the costs was sometime 2..4 times higher
than normal, many projects were given to company which were
political friends of communists) and, like any communist project-a
very bad execution.
Some of the halls were never finished (and seems like the
ROC gym hall at Izvorani is one of them). Most important,
somebody wrote about the halls being like 1.5 meters (3 feet)
shorter than needed to have any official games in them. The
whole thing was more propaganda and spreading the government
money to political friends. Looks like the same has happened
was nice and useful if somebody have had the idea of consulting
the coaches Belu and Bitang (and even the girls, since the
official excuse for spending the money was that the hall will
accommodate the Olympic Team), before starting any
Two days ago, the former ROC president Tiriac, which now is
the head of ROC Foundation (the main channel from where money
come to the ROC), have asked for a deep financial investigation
about how the ROC money were spend.
This came after another big scandal in Romanian sport-the
National Stadium (80 000 places) being under construction
since 2002 and never being able to host major events.
the girls have spend like this: Monday for the UNITER Gala
(theater syndicate) -and the previous Sunday to accommodate
with the hall, then was the yesterday meeting about contracts,
today the visits at Sport Expo and ROC headquarters.
...Better put more mattress near apparatus, at Ploiesti-next
week. Some (from the few who may be able to compete) may need
the Izvorani visit, Mrs.Bitang was seen all the time with
a 1 liter bottle of Coke in her hands.With her nervous precedents
(a 2002 nervous break down), better use other juices, even
if the local version of famous drink is far from what we know
and may have less caffeine, but still...Nice shoes, anyway
- she could easy break the cement of the wrong build vault
with the point tops.Maybe Mr. Belu can pay for a hair saloon,
[Update: every months, few new articles about
the low quality of sport halls which were build, with overprices,
by former neo communist regime.Especially for Romanians abroad,
Zilei article about another disastrous made sport hall (one
of the few newspapers which has remained independent during
previous communist regime which has installed a heavy censorship.]
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.