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[July 11] Daniela Sofronie want to retire, too

Daniela Sofronie has announced today the RGF that she wants to retire, too.

She was given a one week "thinking more about" time from RGF. In the meantime "she have to keep training, because she has signed a contract and have some obligations to fulfill" said the team main coach Octavian Belu.

"If she have one more week to think about, she will change her minds and will stay"said a former team member for the

Past few months we received inside reports from Deva which says Daniela wanted to retire but was threaten by coaches that "she will have to pay a lot for her training" because she has a contract that contract have only obligations clauses for girls, nothing about their rights or injures protection). This kind of lies-"if you go, you have to pay" was used in many other past situations, including the Petrovschi case, too- to make her change he minds few times before the final retirement. Being members of the (communist) "old school"of coaches, Belu still uses the "old system" of threatening and false promises to lure girls and stay at team, no matter their health condition or desire to train.

A (really) good , "new school" type of coach would spend more time speaking with girls (but not threatening), helping them solve their health problems (but girls saw what really happened with other girls which left the team injured: nothing) and put in balance the arguments for their stay and what they miss if they leave. More difficult to do, but more honest to do and hopefully with more chances. The "slavery" times were gone....hopefully!

Of course Daniela would miss her last chance for a medal at Worlds if she leave the team now, but this should be her own decision, based on proper (and honest) guidance from coaches, parents and everybody who wants her best. She seems to have ankle problems and she's afraid that pushing too much her ankle resistance would cause big troubles (and she knows better that once out of team, those problems would be her own ones...). The real questions for her is if the extra medal and -possible- the 5 millions lei ($170) added to the monthly income if she get a medal at Worlds- deserve to take the risk of a big(er) ankle injury?

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