[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
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)
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