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   [March 17] Olympic Golden Team was sent home...

The present members of the Olympic Team have been send home, for training at their home clubs (Monica Rosu, Catalina Ponor, Alexandra Eremia, Florea Leonida) or at Deva ( Sofronie and Munteanu, which were kept in the National Team).

Sofronie has refused to go to Deva, she said she want to have Bitang and Belu as coach, only.

During a live TVR1 News right from the National Training Center, Monica Rosu have denied that she have got +7 kilos. "I have got only four kilos" . (1kg=2.205 lbs)

"They-B&B- use to exaggerate about girls weight"-said for romanian-gymnastics.com a specialist who knows how things went in the past."But now, this seems to be turned on them (B&B), too because without these girls...no 30% "gift tax" ca$h for this year...

"We have concluded that we can't go anymore further with present team, there is no practical way to bring them back to shape"-said for TVR1 the RGF President Adrian Stoica. "We are grateful to them for Athens results, this was probably the best team ever Romania have had, but we have to think about future. The girls will keep training at their former clubs and will see later. We have other two groups of gymnasts in training for selection in the Senior team, so this is not the end of Romanian gymnastics.'(as the TVR1 reporter Alina Alexoi have suggested).

"It was very unpleasant to get this 'fired"decision over the phone, nobody came to speak with us" said Catalina Ponor which looks very disappointed.

As we said back in December, the main target for RGF and ROC will be this year to set up the new team for 2008 Olympics. Thinking deeper, they took a hard but somehow necessary decision. "They did the same back in 2002, when they have send all the girls home, to avoid discussions about not participating at Euros (due to lack of proper training girls). They now have the best excuse for this year Euro Championships-no participation due to the forming of the new team."-said another Romanian specialist interviewed by romanian-gymnastics.com minutes later after the decision of "getting fired" was made.

This may looks bad now, but can be a positive news for future. Just thinking if the RGF have had the "cojones" to do this, (but including the B&B, also), past October. WE could have by now a team in progress and participating at US Cup and Cotbuss, too.

[Update] Believe it or not, we were trying to upload the page when we have got this confirmation of the previous sentence about Euros, when following news came.

"The girls have had a clause in their January signed contracts; if they don't get the proper weight, they are out of the team"said RGF President Vieru for Antena 1 Television. "In these conditions, we have end our dreams about participating at this year Euros."

[Update2] Time passing, seems more and more that these events looks more like a "lovitura de Palat" (coup d'Etat) , made by the RGF officials team. They have used the absence of Belu (which is no longer an RGF official-so they don't have to ask him come to their meeting) and Bitang, which let them-RGF- decide the dissolution of the Team.
This last event can bring girls mind back (and maybe loose the extra weight next weeks, like girls from 2002 did) and also prevent Belu from a permanent return, at least for the moment (he came back for a day only last week, but was ready to return in full next week). And, best of all, ( "Dreams do come True, you have to Believe!...Any pry) Bitang is now out of picture-since there is no team any more to train. Evolution need sacrifices; if we have to loose a (few months more to be, anyway) team to get rid of B&B, especially Bi... then...some may consider the price to be deserved.
I feel sorry for Catalina & comp, but girls, take it like you are the innocent lambs sacrificed for the benefit of the future of Romanian Gymnastics.


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