Gymnast Dragulescu warned by FIG
Romanian gymnast Marian Dragulescu has received a severe warning from the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) as a consequence of his failure to respect anti-doping procedures, hotnews.ro informs. If he breaks the rules again he will risk a suspension of 1-2 years. Marian Dragulescu retired in 2008, accusing health problems, but returned in 2009. Dragulescu however broke the rule according to which a gymnast has to announce his return to competitions after a period of inactivity. Because of his failure to observe that rule he was not taken into account for the anti-doping tests because he was not on the anti-doping commission’s official list. “Defying the rules in force, the said gymnast took part in the World Championships in London in 2009, where he won two Gold medals in the vault event and floor event,” the FIG communiqué reads.
Alexandra Dulgheru, top seed 25 at US Open
Romania’s Alexandra Dulgheru will be top seed 25 at the US Open, the last Grand Slam of this year. The tournament will start on Monday, August 30, within New York’s Flushing Meadows Arena. Four Romanian players will try to qualify for the US Open’s main table this week. Adrian Ungur, the second-best Romanian player, has signed up for the men’s qualifiers. Monica Niculescu, Raluca-Ioana Olaru and Liana-Gabriela Ungur will try to reach the women’s main table. Niculescu will play against Austria’s Nikola Hofmanova, Ungur will play against Canada’s Rebecca Marino and Olaru will meet China’s Shuai Zhang. Romania’s Victor Hanescu, Alexandra Dulgheru, Edina Gallovits and Simona Halep have already secured their presence on the main table.
Steaua buys three more players
Steaua head coach Ilie Dumitrescu has bought the first players since he took over the team. His request to strengthen the team by buying three Urziceni players was met, with the club set to transfer Pablo Brandan, George Galamaz and Marius Bilasco. Nevertheless, Astra Ploiesti also claims to have transferred Unirea’s skipper Galamaz. “It’s true; in principle we’ve reached an agreement with the three. I hope the details will be settled soon and I’ll be able to use them. I cannot state anything more for now,” Dumitrescu stated for ‘Adevarul’ daily. The move has pushed the number of players bought by Steaua this summer to 17.
Unirea Urziceni – more than EUR 17 M in revenues
According to data published by the European Football Union and quoted by Agerpres, Unirea Urziceni received EUR 17,720,000 for its evolution in the 2009/2010 edition of the Champions League. Unirea, now on the verge of dissolution, received EUR 3.8 M for reaching the groups stage, EUR 3.3 M in bonuses for the games played, EUR 2.8 M for the 8 points (a record for a Romanian team) it totaled in Group G (FC Seville, VfB Stuttgart, Glasgow Rangers) and EUR 8.2 M from broadcasting rights. Coached by Dan Petrescu, Unirea Urziceni finished on 3rd place in Group G, behind FC Seville (12 pts) and VfB Stuttgart (9 pts). Glasgow Rangers closed the standings with 2 pts.
CFR Cluj buys another Brazilian
Brazilian striker Ramon Anselmo will sign a contract with title-holder CFR Cluj, ‘Prosport’ informs. Ramon Anselmo played for Avia, having been loaned from Cruzeiro, and his adjustment at CFR should not be a problem considering he will meet Rafael Bastos, his teammate at Bahia in the 2006/2007 season. CFR Cluj have also signed yesterday Italian forward Ferdinando Sforzini (25) on loan from Udinese for one season. In the past five years Sforzini played for SSC Napoli, Hellas Verona, Modena, AS Bari and Udinese.
Gymnast Dragulescu warned by FIG