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[April 13] Despite political turmoil, Octavian Belu remains ANS President
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BUCHAREST/ Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu has visited the National Sport Agency (ANS) headed by
Octavian Belu, to express his full support-at least that's was the official excuse for a no-use, no-consequences but rather grab-some-points-in-polls meeting at ANS headquarters yesterday.

  Photo:
Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu and Octavian Belu, ANS President

    Octavian Belu, former main coach of the Romanian gymnastics team, has been named as ANS President by the democratic Party, which resigned from the Government last week. Octavian Belu was the only leader (are you surprised? guess not!) named by the Democratic party, to keep his job after this political turmoil.
   Looking to increase his falling down popularity, the Liberal prime Minster (which now use $2,5 millions political consultants from US) suddenly discovered his passion for sport. Upon his nominalization as PM, two years ago, he said back then "the sport is not among his top 10 priorities". Recent low figures in polls made him change his mind. I Love democracy and how leaders have to show that they care about people! (Photos: Tariceanu and Belu)

  
 “I was glad that Mr. Octavian Belu accepted to contribute, through its activity, to the prestige of the National Agency for Sport”, Prime Minister has stated after the meeting.“Once with the increase of budget revenues, we can allocate more money to investments aiming at sports grounds modernization. I express my entire availability as Prime Minister for the allocation of the necessary funds”, Prime Minister Tariceanu has stated.
   Former Romanian gymnast Andreea Chelaru has requested last year to the Prime Minister for help funding her $25,000 (OEC/stem cells) treatment abroad.
She received a nice letter and...a $300 contribution from Health Department.
    The Head of the Executive has mentioned more projects financed from governmental funds: modernization of Lia Manoliu Stadium, organization of Sibiu Basket Championship, Izvorani Complex, contributions to the financing of Davis Cup matches, granting rents to performance sportsmen.
   Octavian Belu: " The medals and sport performance represents important things for European Union [Romania has become EU member this year], but the medal is seen from a different angle by EU than we did until now. Getting a medal is not a main goal, as it use to be for us."
   Still, same Octavian Belu has said days ago that:" The old, centralized system remain a solution as long as local clubs doesn't have proper conditions." They can't have, as long as big investments are still made according to the old, communist ideas: see the brand new and useless Izvorani complex; it's been used now only by the gymnastics team of...Venezuela, as Belu proud mentioned two weeks ago, during a on-stage visit of same Prime Minister Tariceanu. Glad to hear that the team of Venezuela may benefit from what real experts (like Presidential counselor Mariana Bitang and Romanian gymnastics Olympic team) said, during an April 2005 visit at Izvorani, that it's an unsafe environment for gymnasts.
   Past two weeks, Octavian Belu's employees from ANS weren't able even to fix their corporate website, which has been hacked for the second time since Belu took the leading job.

  Photo:
 ANS hacked webpage , as
Google archive shows


   
Strange how Octavian Belu, the only Romanian coach proved guilty in a Court during Petrovschi case (he imposed a 30% tax to the national gymnastics team, has mentally and physically abused tens of gymnasts) was the one to be named as Romania's Sport Ministry when Romania has joined European Union?!!
    Belu is a *lucky* survivor of the Romania's communist regime, which he served faithfully. Floating between communist during Ceausescu to neo-communism during Iliescu's regime, than through pseudo-democracy during Constantinescu and now using for his own benefit Basescu's regime, Belu has already proved a natural born politics talent.
   Among the former Eastern countries, Romania has "benefited" from having one of the hardest communist regime, imposed by the Communist Party through Ceausescu's secret police, infamous "Securitate". That was the only institution able to provide the kind of support that Belu has had (providing him huge funds, like $100,000 to settle Petrovschi case; ignoring and cover-up of his D.A.'s false statements about using collected money to buy medicines for the girls; using fake documents to get results and many more).
   The files of those from Romania's sport community who worked (most of them still...) for Ceusescu's Secret Police were not disclosed to the public, "for the matter of National Interest"; looks more like the personal interest of those who still benefit from those "dark" connections and support any regime which...back ups them in return!

   

 

   
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