The Romanian Tennis Federation’s (FRT) leadership has turned to the National Anti-corruption Office (DNA) after discovering a series of accountability irregularities that concern the 2001-2008 period, back when the Federation was led by Ilie Nastase. “Following the financial audit, the Romanian Tennis Federation identified a series of suspicions concerning financial irregularities during 2001-2008. The Romanian Tennis Federation has notified the National Anti-corruption Office today, February 1, 2012,” a FRT communiqué quoted by realitatea.net reads.
Nastase resigned on February 12, 2008, after a row concerning the Romania vs. France Davis Cup game in Sibiu. The press wrote at the time that the Federation allegedly “inflated” the costs of organizing the Davis Cup game.
While in Paris, Ilie Nastase snapped at FRT President Ruxandra Dragomir: “If all idiots file complaints at the DNA, what can I say? You know how many fools sue me? But what can I do, this is Romania. They summon you without having evidence,” the former tennis player stated, denying the allegations. “While I was President I said that anyone who comes up with sponsors will have 15 per cent of that contract. What’s the problem? Amalia (his former wife – editor’s note) brought a sponsor and the Federation paid up that percentage. The same thing happened in the case of other persons too. What’s wrong with that? Isn’t it good for someone to bring you EUR 100,000 and for you to pay that person the percentage, the Federation thus keeping EUR 85,000? Isn’t that better than nothing? What was I to do, was I supposed to sit like she (Ruxandra Dragomir – editor’s note) sits now, doing nothing and waiting?” Ilie Nastase stated, being quoted by realitatea.net.