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[April 12] Ploiesti Internationals, last test for Romanian gymnastics
romanian-gymnastics.com                                        
PLOIESTI / Romanian International Championships, the last test of Romanian gymnastics team before European Championships, will start tomorrow at Ploiesti, a refinerys city 40 miles North Bucharest. TVR International will broadcast on web.
       Nicolae Forminte, the main coach of women team, will put on test Sandra Izbasa, Steliana Nistor, Aluissa Lacusteanu and Andreea Grigore (they look for a place in the team for Euros) and juniors Gabriela Dragoi, Cerasela Patrascu, Madalina Gutu, Andreea Acatrinei, Adriana Tamarjan and Ana Maria Tamarjan .
      
Nicolae Forminte has complained once more about the girls health; past months he seems to always complaining about something, starting with referees at Worlds last year and again at World Cup this year. Bad attitude. If he can't show a high level team at these Championships, this could be his Black Friday.
     The Romanian gymnastics team in Deva does not have a doctor since 2000, after the (in) famous Doctor Oana, the one who apparently took the blame of giving to Andreea Raducan the *Nurofen pill*, left the team.
      Romanian Gymnastics Federation couldn't find any more doctors to work exclusively for the team (and to take the blame, eventually :-). Having young girls (very young ones) working hard each day and being under-nutrited (an old "recipe" used by Nazis and communist regimes in labor camps, for...extermination!), you get what?... Accidents, caused by the weak of their bodies. Maybe RGF want to keep this cruel and abusive nutrition-poor regime, to keep their girls flying like birds, since their bones are filled mostly with air instead of vitamins and calcium...It would be fun, if it weren't hundreds of cases of girls with their health destroyed for life. Instead of a menu written by a nutritionist, the girls receive mostly ordinary food from Deva school canteen, including salami and heavily cooked food- which is not recommended to any kid, if you want him healthy!
     Catalina Ponor has arrived in Ploiesti with the men's team, because she has trained separately in Bucharest. She promise to do her best for competing "if not at Euros, then at Worlds". Promises, promises...Sounds great for fans, but looks hard to keep, after a (too) long break from gymnastics. "We don't know if she will compete at Ploiesti or she will compete out-of-contest" , says Matei Stanei, Catalina's coach.
    The men's team in Ploiesti will be: Marian Dragulescu, Razvan Selariu, Flavius Koczi , Marius  BerbecarAdrian Bucur, Ovidiu Buidoso,   Daniel Popescu .
    After a 25 years career in Romanian gymnastics and most of them being each year with his team at Ploiesti, former coach
Octavian Belu  has suddenly discovered that Romania's International Championships "It's not that type of contest which makes you feel like a big event. Romania deserve to have a World Cup contest." It could have been already an World Cup event, if Belu himself asked for it; he was more than a coach, he was a member of Romanian Gymnastics Federation Board; by many, he and his life partner Mariana Bitang (her official Bios is the only one which does not mention her marital status?) practically owned Romanian gymnastics past decade, so...he must look into the mirror if he want to blame somebody for what it hasn't been done. Sometimes he speaks like he just landed from Mars...
     romanian-gymnastics.com has discovered, during a recently routine video review , that some of Nicolae Forminte's gestures at last year International Championships were exactly as those described on Marinescu's book.
Excerpt from "The Secrets of a Gymnast" :
... The only problem was that they couldn’t behave as they did at home, because all the trainings in Atlanta were open to the public and most of the time the gym was full. Thus they found an alternative solution for the usual slapping from Deva.

“They would come close to us when we failed some element and put their hand on our shoulder like a father. Only that the hand would grab us by the muscle and tighten us very hard, that we almost burst into tears. Nobody could see that, because from the distance you could only see a coach staying with his hand on a gymnast’s shoulder and giving her some advice. In the evening, when we were undressing and looking in the mirror, we were all frightened seeing the bruises on the shoulder”, says Alexandra.

Photos:
Nicolae Forminte, the main coach of Romanian gymnastics team and Aluissa Lacusteanu at Ploiesti International Championships 2006

At our request, Nicolae Forminte has commented his gestures from this video in a written message:
" I told you before, if I choose to live, think and react like in Unites States, I would have accepted one of many offers I have had from there. We, Romanians, are suspicious-sick, we like to live at
extremes, white or black, but the life is more like gray. The performance in every field involves some terror, too (the difference can be named in many ways: discipline, rules, obey to the Law, contracts).
Alexandra's book is something which you have read, I lived those
times and, with all the respect and friendly attitude [for this site]
I think I understand it better."

Original: "V-am mai spus daca as fi dorit sa traiesc ,sa gandesc,sa reactionez ca in America,as fi acceptat unul din multiplele oferte pe care le-am avut de acolo. Noi Romanii suntem bolnavi de suspiciune, ne place sa traim la extreme , alb sau negru, cand de fapt viata este mai mult gri. Performanta in orice domeniu implica si ceva din teroare
(diferenta ca o poti numi in mai multe feluri: disciplina, regulament de ordine interioara, respectarea legii, clauze contractuale etc.)
Cartea
Alexandrei, dumneavoastra o cititi iar eu am trait-o,cu tot respectul si prietenia cred ca o inteleg mai bine."
 

   Aluissa Lacusteanu video, click here

  TV broadcasts from Ploiesti International Championships

  Friday: 17,00- 19,30 MAG / Live at TVR2
  Saturday: 8,00- 10,30 MAG / previous day at TVRi
                    17,00-19,30 WAG / Live at TVR2;
                    00,05-02,30 WAG / previous day at TVRi
  Sunday: 11,00- 14,00 MAG + WAG Apparatus Finals /live at TVR2, TVRi 
  
  TVRi is available for free on Internet, click here to see TVRi Live

   
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