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[May 18] Romanian gymnastics: a (very) low profile at Paris World Cup

  No girls from Romanian gymnastics team, at Paris World Cup event. Ponor was supposed to go, but she complain about some small back pains. Coaches and RGF choose to have her training for Euros, rather than pushing things for the Paris contest. Since this it was the last contest before Euros, it may be possible of seeing only Ponor at Euros, or maybe not seeing any girl at all.

Only  Urzica Marius, Dragulescu Marian, Suciu Ioan, and Popescu Daniel will compete for Romania. "The final team for Euros will be decided one week before Euros, during a Bucharest trial", said Dan Grecu, who still keep the "cold distance" from the "bad guys" on his list: team "veterans" Dragulescu
and Marius Urzica.

Lack of (good) communication seems to be still a problem for coach Grecu, a former top gymnast and a good coach, but still formed at the (not so good) old communist school of "hard rulers"coaches, dictators-alike. Time changes, but for some people is too late to change themselves, it's the human nature (and the whole Romanian picture past 15 years). The "Karoly miracle"of changing from an abusive dictator to an (almost) a human being was possible only because he was forced to do so in US, no other options left for him beck then.

By the way, Dragulescu get a severe warning after his Ploiesti night adventures.


The funniest thing: RGF President Vieru himself told to the press that he have found Dragulescu, (Sunday afternoon after the competition was over), still hanging out in the city, rather than going back to Bucharest. Two days later, during a (secret-but not for us, of course, we have our good sources-) RGF meeting, Dragulescu was told that at his first mistake he is out of the team.
Dan Grecu is willing, anyway, to bring new boys on the team, for the Beijing Olympics, and keeping "the old guys" in the team, which don't have much hopes to make all the way to next Olympics but still makes troubles with indiscipline, gave Grecu a good excuse to dump them at first next scandal.

Dragulescu have denied at that RGF meeting that he went back to the hotel at 3 o'clock in the morning, as we wrote (and Romanian newspapers wrote this after us, too); he said that it was "only" 2, 30 or something in the morning. Maybe he was right, we have edited so heavily that article, trying to avoid any suppositions regarding the back seats of a car, that a small mistake could be possible. But the previous video footage with a top gymnast dancing (with no shirt) in a bar, keeping a hand on the bar girl's bar is nice, too- and we saw it. Not a good attitude for a top gymnast, in the poorest European country, who spend (and pay to them) a lot of money for them to train and get results, not to have fun and landing on their ass; yeah, you can be overscored once in Athens, but this can't happen all the time.

More discipline needed at the men's team, but it looks like Dan Grecu can't control much these things any more- he didn't manage to control the junior team who bring BIG troubles to the girls team, too (and asking under age girls to go out for a drink, in the middle of the night, leaving with no excuse the official camp-looks like a big mistake in every step mentioned). None of the (night adventurous) boys were punished for this, as they should be.


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