13] Despite political turmoil, Octavian Belu remains ANS
Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu has visited the National
Sport Agency (ANS) headed by Octavian
to express his full support-at least that's was the official
a no-use, no-consequences but
rather grab-some-points-in-polls meeting at ANS headquarters
Romania's Prime Minister Tariceanu and Octavian Belu, ANS
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)
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
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.
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
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.
ANS hacked webpage , as
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!
Romanian Gymnastics News Archive.