OPINION | Romanian pleasure, after the excellent victories of Popovici. We don’t see the forest and not using a majestic oak

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The date of publishing: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 11:10

Date of replace: Thursday, June 23, 2022, 11:59

Whereas Romanian followers get pleasure from a sick enthusiasm as a result of David Popovici He gained two gold medals on the World Swimming Championships in Hungary and politicians are laughing as a result of the brand new swimming star “humiliated the Hungarians at house”, they lose sight of the general image of this competitors. The game is financed and thought otherwise within the two nations, the Hungarians preferring to speculate primarily in infrastructure works and to encourage mass sports activities, whereas in Romania some huge cash is invested in golf equipment subordinated to city halls, county councils or different establishments of the state, however the budgets are largely spent on salaries, many paid to overseas athletes.

David Popovici’s thrilling victories have produced waves of pleasure and reward in Romania, he being congratulated by many politicians, from President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca to Carol-Eduard Novak, Minister of Sports activities, however the contribution of the political class is slightly dangerous on Romanian sport, and a long-term technique has been awaited for 32 years. Whereas our delegation despatched solely 4 athletes to the competitors hosted by the neighboring nation (Robert Glință – 100 m and 50 m backstroke / David Popovici – 100 m and 200 m freestyle / Constantin Popovici and Angelica Muscalu – leaping), Hungary had begin a minimum of 75 swimmers, together with males’s and ladies’s polo groups!

Additionally, whereas Romania has solely two Olympic-approved swimming pools, each in Bucharest, in Budapest there are dozens of swimming pools of aggressive measurement, and Dune Areathe situation devoted particularly to water competitions, has a capability of as much as 8,000 seats and has hosted over 15 worldwide competitions within the final 5 years. The Budapest authorities has virtually fully renewed the sports activities infrastructure left by the communist regime and desires to host the 2032 Olympic Video games. In the meantime, the Romanian Authorities and the Capital Metropolis Corridor have been struggling for ten years to construct a brand new multipurpose corridor, to modernize the “Mihai Flamaropol” skating rink, the place the works have been deserted for 4 years, to construct a brand new tennis area and to bury a pre-feasibility examine for the development of a giant swimming pool.

Within the meantime, at Budapest there are already three high-capacity multipurpose halls (MVM Completed, Papp Laszlo Sports activities Area, SYMA Sports activities and Convention Heart), a number of ice rinks, the stadiums Pushka Area (67,000 seats / 2019) and Ferencvaros Stadium (22,000 seats / 2014), plus six others stadiums with over 5,000 seats, an athletics area underneath development with 36,000 seats, the Method 1 Hungaroring circuit, positioned 20km from the nation’s capital, and dozens of different places devoted to numerous sports activities, from capturing and fencing to rowing and tennis. Budapest organizes Tennis Classics and Hungarian Open (ATP 250), which even changed the BRD Năstase Țiriac Trophy event in Bucharest. And these solely within the capital, the mannequin being multiplied in most Hungarian cities.

As well as, the Hungarian authorities has began to win the struggle towards Bucharest even in Romanian sports activities, the place, within the final yr, Seps OSK St. George gained the Romanian Cup in males’s soccer, FK Csikszereda Miercurea Ciuc gained the Romanian Elite U19 Cup, after a ultimate with Sepsi OSK, and have become the nationwide champion, after defeating “U” Cluj 3-0, within the final act of the U19 Elite League. Sport Membership Miercurea Ciuc gained the title of Romanian ice hockey champion, after defeating ACSH GheorgheniSepsi Sf. Gheorghe is the Romanian champion in ladies’s basketball, and ACS Odorheiu Secuiesc gained the bronze medal within the futsal championship.

Within the 1st League of ladies’s soccer he’s energetic Vasas Femina FC Szekelyudvarhely and Women Târgu Mureș, FK Csiksereda Miercurea Ciuc not too long ago promoted to the primary division, whereas to the champion Olimpia College of Cluj lots of the following juniors are of Hungarian ethnicity. Essentially the most profitable biking group is Group Novakpatronized even by the Minister of Sports activities, the one one in Romania on the degree UCI Continental Group. Miercurea Ciuc and Sf. Gheorghe are the one localities in Romania, which have lower than 60,000 inhabitants, however may have trendy stadiums, swimming swimming pools and ice rinks, beginning in 2024.

David Popovici and dozens of different potential champions, who’re misplaced on the street to medals, because of the lack of infrastructure wanted for efficiency and mass sports activities, but additionally the shortage of curiosity and incompetence of the officers who ought to help them, no The sporadic reward on Fb or the images taken with politicians assist him an excessive amount of. It could assist with some invested funds and the creation of a method for sports activities, which has been ready for over 30 years. Most likely, the curiosity for the issues that Popovici is dealing with and the actions for a wholesome technique concerning the Romanian swimming will fade, till the following medals gained by the younger world champion.


TEXT – GABRIEL CHIREA, SPORT.RO CONTRIBUTOR


Photograph – @frnpm

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