[Dec 6] Catalina
Ponor is taking RGF to Court for the Ardaf commercial
Ponor, the leader of the Romanian Gold team at Athens Olympics,
has started a trial against RGF, which used her image in the
Ardaf commercial. RGF status (which mention the image rights
belongs exclusively to RGF and a contract signed by Catalina
-where she gave up her image rights to RGF) were bring to
Court yesterday, when the trial has started.
Catalina demands some moral compensation (no exact figure
was mentioned yet) for her image being used. For the using
of that commercial, B&B got from Ardaf some brand new
Toyota cars, the RGF got a new WV small bus and girls showed
in the commercials (and a Calendar distributed by Ardaf and
RGF) got ...nothing (as usual...until now).
As a second thought, girls did get something: some (lousy)
$3000 insurance policies, which RGF should have done for girls
anyway, long time ago (and with a better cash coverage).
After a 1992 demonstration tour in Germany, the team got back
then another WV bus instead of payment. (Back then, girls
weren't paid at all for their work abroad). That "ghost"green
bus was mostly used by the RGF (and their friends), causing
a lot of disappointment for the girls who worked for it (Lavinia
Milosovici and her teammates). That "ghost" bus
was pictured in some Atac
photos earlier this year, in
front of a disco owned by somebody close to RGF (or an
RGF young employee).
In my opinion, there are slim chances for
Catalina to get anything from this trial, the only reason
she can complain it may be (according to gym fans comments
back then) the stupid white costumes which the girls had to
put on them. Unfortunately, bad taste is not something to
ca$h on it in a Court.
Related stories: First
TV commercial with the Olympic Team
cars for Belu and Bitang
commercial in our Video gallery
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.