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Newly Elected RGF President Andreea Raducan Admits Their Biggest Issue Is The Coaches Not The Athletes

Photo by Jeni Hull Former Romanian gymnast and newly elected Romanian Gymnastics Federation Andreea Raducan gave insights on the current...

Photo by Jeni Hull
Former Romanian gymnast and newly elected Romanian Gymnastics Federation Andreea Raducan gave insights on the current Romanian gymnastics situation during the broadcasting of National championships.

Raducan praised Larisa Iordache, who dominated the competition by winning four gold medals and a silver. She said that Larisa is a good competitor and is in great shape pointing out her positive attitude in training.

She hoped that veteran Catlina Ponor, who struggled during Nationals, would recover adding that it is no strange for an athlete to have pressure affect them regardless of their experience.

Ponor had two falls on balance beam during qualification. In the final, she came second to Larisa on beam and floor exercise.

She announced that only three female gymnasts will go to Worlds and both Iordache and Ponor have been selected. As for the men's team, they are going to send six.

The World championships, which will be held in Montreal next month, will only feature individual competitions. Countries are allowed to send up to four gymnasts.

The former Olympic gymnast briefly spoke about the Romanian gymnastics situation admitting that they have a shortage of coaches. 

"I thought we need to have a thorough examination of the athletes we have on the national team and also of our coaches," said Raducan "Because, whether we like it or not, our biggest issue is not the athletes, but the coaches. We have very few left, and not many are ready for the level required on the national team, and I don’t have a problem with admitting that."

Written by Gigi Farid


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