Photo by Jeni Hull
Last week, news broke out that Romanian gymnast Olivia Cimpian has left Romanian to train and compete for neighboring country Hungary.

The reason behind this, is that her parents believe that their training methods will benefit their daughter more than the current Romanian one. It is worth mentioning that Olivia's father, Marcel Cimpian used to play football in Hungary.

Romania's head coach Nicolae Forminte took to Facebook to confirm the news.

"I’m sad to confirm that Olivia Cimpian is no longer at the training camp in Deva. I informed the Federation and the Olympic Committee. The talks that were had with the gymnast’s parents are confidential and were amicable, Olivia and her parents not having complaints about the coaching staff. Personally, I was stunned. No one has nothing to hide, and there’s nothing wrong at the Deva training center. For now, my main goal is to try and diminish the emotional impact this had on the other members of the team, the focus being on training for the EYOF. From my point of view, there was no reason that justifies this decision. As painful as it might be, I will respect each family’s right to make decisions regarding their own children."

"Whatever happens from now on depends on the Sports Ministry, the Romanian Gymnastics Federation and the Olympic Committee. I hope Olivia will come back to Deva, where she is loved and respected unconditionally."

Cimpian turned senior this year and took part at the last European championships where she qualified to the all around final and finished in 23rd place.

She will be training alongside Hungarian gymnast Zsofia Kovacs who won a silver medal in the all around final at this year's European championships.

Written by Gigi Farid



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