[Jan 21] Catalina
Ponor- "Gymnast Of the Year" from 9 o'clock newspaper
Athens Olympic champion Catalina Ponor was named as"The
Gymnast of the Year 2004" by the most influent English
newspaper to appear in Bucharest, "9 o'clock". New
democrat President Basescu was himself present at ceremony
and left with "The Man of The Year" Trophy, for
his spectacular success in last November elections (only two
months of -difficult-campaign against some of the the strongest
neo communist political leaders in Eastern Europe). Even if
the President himself have attended the ceremony, Catalina
Ponor didn't come -and the Romanian independent TV stations
have underlined her absence. We can't forget that just before
elections, Mr.Belu have decided to bring Catalina at another
ceremony, where she got a Trophy from the "Romania Mare"
Foundation-closed to the party with same name, the only political
party specifically named by the US embassy in Bucharest (and
many international organizations) like an nationalist-extremist
one. Back then, Belu brought Catalina to attend and have a
speech, enough to bring a lot of (state) TV coverage for a
pro-Communist party, right in the middle of political campaign.
Fortunately, despite Belu's support, Romanian neo-communists
have (finally) lost elections and are very close to take position
at their deserved place. At the history... bin's of trash.
Do not recycle, please!
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.