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[April 4]Catalina Ponor returned training; her scarlet fever arrived faster
BUCHAREST/ Catalina Ponor, the Romanian gymnastics Star, has returned Monday to training at National training Center in Bucharest, after a two weeks pause caused by scarlet fever. Catalina Ponor was supposed to stay in quarantine, but her flashing red convertible car couldn't get unnoticed by her local fans, during late evenings, nearby Constanta's main disco, a Ceausescu's former communist propaganda and brainwash-alike center named "The House of Culture".


 Photo: Catalina Ponor cries after Romania won the gold during the women's gymnastics team final at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2004.
(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

  Robert Stanescu,
Catalina's boyfriend and member of the Romanian gymnastics male team, was emergency hospitalized last Saturday due to scarlet fever. The scarlet fever has a 21 days incubation period, which mean he got it weeks ago.
   "The scarlet fever is in the air and he probably got contaminated through air" says Catalina Ponor. She may be right, with a small detail added: that "contaminated air" was inches closes to Catalina, also...:-). What are the odds for Catalina's boyfriend to be the first to have scarlet fever at MAG team, and have it from another source?
   After many yet-to-be-proved statements about her returning to competitions plans, Catalina Ponor now face the risk to have her image seriously damaged by this incident, due to the popular believe that she is the main cause for this medical emergency at the male team: her boyfriend may have been contaminated everybody around. From the Queens of Athens she may become the Trojan horse of Romanian gymnastics, which is pretty bad for a career ending.
  Dan Grecu, the main coach of male team: "All the boys from the team and coaches also got the prevention treatment with antibiotics; it's really a bad timing for this medical emergency, because we can anticipate to have more cases of scarlet fever at the male team, just one or two days before European Gymnastics Championships [April 26-29] in Amsterdam."
   "Scarlet fever is dangerous for us, our doctor told us, too; we are a little bit scared by this event, we don't want to loose European Championships because of it.", Says
Razvan Selariu, team member.
   Romanian gymnastics male team leader Marian Dragulescu:"If it wasn't so close from European Championships or if it could happen after it, I couldn't care less; but this is the worst moment to have a medical situation at the team."
Razvan Stanescu's colleagues are saying that he is Catalina Ponor's boyfriend." -Andrei Mihai, receptionist at Sport Hotel where the team live.

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