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Hi,

Underneath all the so-called scandals, isn't the main underlying issue rocking the Romanian gymnastics world right now a power struggle between Romanian gymnastics coaches?

B&B have dictated elite gymnastics policy in Romania for decades, and I suspect other coaches realize that this is not exactly how a democracy is supposed to work. And from the athletes' perspective, there is obviously a growing awareness of the Draconian qualities of B&B's boot camps (evidenced by Catalina Ponor's comment, "I hope I will prove that it's possible to perform well even without the tough restrictions at the training camp," -from http://sports.espn.go.com/oly/news/story?id=2146916).

Of course, girls have been complaining for years about the strictness of the training, but I suspect they are more aware than ever of how that training compares to that in other countries.

Both of these issues--coaches and athletes--reflect a self-awareness of a rapidly changing Romania and a realization that there is something increasingly anachronistic about the dictatorial (some might say tyrannical) Romanian gymnastics program in this supposed fledgling democracy.

Thanks for your excellent coverage. :-)

Andrew
www.kingpigeon.com



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Hello,

I just want to say that I really hope that Rosu and Eremia are OK and healthy enough for competition.

I cannot believe that Mrs. Bitang is so...... I wish them all well in their future events. Go and win gold like you always do.

I'm the team's biggest fan from Guyana.

Thank you

Christina Persaud


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