Thousands of persons from the Magyar city of Veszprem attended on Saturday the unveiling of a monument dedicated to the memory of the international handball player Marian Cozma, murdered there a year ago, Mediafax reports. The bronze bust of the athlete was located in front of Veszprem Arena from the city, being unveiled by Mayor Janos Debreczenyi and other sports leaders. Marian Cozma was mortally stabbed, on February 8, 2009, at Patriota restaurant from Veszpres, further to a conflict with several Roma persons. The Hungarian police finalized the investigation, announcing publicly that guilty of the murder of the Romanian is Raffael Sandor, who may be sentenced to life prison. Other two accomplices may take 15 to 20 years in prison. Cozma will be commemorated on Monday also at Sfantu Gheorghe.
Fencing: Rares Dumitrescu winner
Romanian fencer Rares Dumitrescu won on Saturday the international sword tournament from Budapest, “Gerevich-Kovacs-Karpati Cup,” defeating in the final the South Korean Bon Gil Gu by the score of 15-12. Before he arrived in the final, Rares Dumitrescu eliminated successively the Canadian Max Stearns (15-13), the Venezuelan Hernan Jansen (17-7), the South Koreans Seok Eun Oh (15-13), Hwan Jung Kim (15-8), and in the semifinals the Hungarian Nikolasz Iliasz 915-12). Another Romanian fencer, Florin Zalomir, ranked 3, being defeated in the semifinals by the South Korean Bon Gil Gu by 15-14.
National delegation has left for Vancouver
The Romanian delegation for the Winter Olympic Games left on Friday morning to Vancouver. The delegation which goes to Canada includes 28 athletes, 15 coaches and 5 officials, three athletes more than in the previous edition from Turin. Head of the mission is Alexandru Epuran. The Romanian athletes compete in the following events: biathlon, alpine ski, cross-country ski, bobsleigh, sledge, skating, skeleton and short-track. At the edition from 2006 held in Turin, when 25 Romanian athletes participated, the best performances were obtained by Gheorghe Chiper (figure skating) – place 14; women 4×6 relay biathlon (Dana Plotogea, Eva Tofalvi, Mihaela Purdea, Alexandra Rusu) – place 14, and double men sledge (Radu Teodoru, Marian Lazarescu) – place 15
Rugby: Romanian-Spain match postponed because of weather
The match between the rugby teams of Romania and Spain, scheduled for last Saturday on Arcul de Triumf stadium from Bucharest, in the European Nations Cup, was rescheduled for March 27, because of the frozen field, the Rugby Federation reports. FRR informs that although it was considered to hold the match on the synthetic field from Izvorani, the final decision was to reschedule the match. The frozen field would have endangered the physical integrity of the players. The supporters who acquired tickets for this game can go to Romania-Germany match on February 13, also in the European Nations Cup.