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January 31, 2023

Gymnast Marian Dragulescu not included in team for London Olympics

The Romanian artistic gymnastics team that will take part in the men’s competition at the upcoming Olympic Games was approved on Tuesday by the Romanian Olympic Sports Committee (COSR) but could be changed in the following days. Flavius Koczi, Ovidiu Buidoso, Marius Berbecar, Cristian Bataga and Vlad Cotuna are the five gymnasts that will represent Romania at the London Olympic Games. The team’s membership was approved yesterday by COSR’s Executive Committee. Marian Dragulescu was not included.“This was the federation leadership’s proposal, which is supreme. Dragulescu is a substitute and will prepare in Bucharest, he will be called up if needed,” Ioan Dobrescu, COSR’s Secretary General, stated. The official pointed out that the team can still be modified. Romanian Gymnastic Federation President Adrian Stoica stated that nothing is set in stone. “If Dragulescu shows in a week and a half’s time that he can perform the exercises then anything is possible,” the head of Romanian gymnastics stated. The world champion found out yesterday, from ‘Gazeta Sporturilor,’ that he was not included. “Really?! I didn’t know anything!” the gymnast reacted. Dragulescu underwent surgery on his ankle at the end of last year. Dragulescu believes it is not too late for him to prove he can go to the Olympics. “There are three weeks before departure, not one and a half!” the 31-year-old athlete stated. Dragulescu’s dream continues to be winning an Olympic title, the only one missing from his sports record. Marian Dragulescu won 3 Olympic medals in Athens in 2004, one silver medal and two bronze medals. The membership of the women’s team was approved on Tuesday too. Catalina Ponor, Sandra Izbasa, Raluca Haidu, Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache will go to London, while Diana Chelaru will remain at home as a substitute. Octavian Belu’s and Mariana Bitang’s players will take part, on July 7, in Bucharest’s Polivalenta Hall, in a four-team tournament for which Germany, France and Italy have signed up.

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