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100 years of Romanian attendance to Olympic Games

Traian Basescu: “Patzaichin sailing with a broken paddle impressed me to tears.”

On Friday, September 11, The Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee (COSR) celebrated a century of Romanian attendance to Olympic contests, by a gala event hosted by the Romanian Athenaeum. The event was attended by major international personalities of the Olympic movement, such as Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, and Patrick Hickey, president of the European Olympic Committee, as well as Romania’s President Traian Basescu, representatives of some of the most important national Olympic committees and ambassadors.
Celebrating a century of Romanian Olympic achievements, Traian Basescu pointed out a few of the outstanding merits of our sportspersons in over 100 years and expressed his genuine admiration for the results they achieved. “Ivan Patzaichin sailing with a broken paddle impressed me to supreme emotion, to the verge of tears; similarly, the moment when the electronic equipment of Montreal was unable to show the grade 10 (for Nadia Comaneci, editor’s note) was unforgettable. What is technology? We had somebody that was above the technology available for the Olympic Games. Performances like those of Gabi Szabo are impossible to forget. And there are performances in so many fields”, the head of the state declared, as quoted by Agerpres. “We must not forget that the first one of these medals was gained in 1924, when Romania’s rugby team won its first Olympic rank, a bronze medal. Many of you, sportspersons and trainers, have become the heroes we were seeing as role models when we were children or the people we would have liked to become in our fields, after we grew up, but all of you, together, achieved a fabulous thing, you wrote the history of Romanian sport and added your glory to some of the most valuable things owned by this nation”, Basescu further added.
Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, attended the event and made another mention of the moment the first 10 in the history of gymnastics was gained by Nadia Comaneci. “The Olympic Games of 1976, in Montreal, were a special edition not only to me, but for the entire world. They hosted an unique moment in the history of sport, the famous 10 that was obtained by a little girl of merely 14, Nadia Comaneci. On that day, she was not just the gold winner of Montreal, she also won the hearts of the entire world. I had the opportunity to work with Nadia Comaneci at the International Olympic Committee and I can tell you that she represents you. Just like all of you, she is a symbol of struggle and hope. You all must be proud of your achievements”, Bach declared. He also added that the hoped that, in the future, Romania would apply to organize an edition of the Olympic Games, Mediafax reported.
COSR leader Alin Petrache went on by thanking all the sportspersons who represented Romania at sports competitions. “We celebrate a century of outstanding performances, started by that first medal of 1924. Sports made us what we are today. I want to thank all of you for representing Romania in the greatest sports events and for bringing her so many medals”, Petrache concluded.
On the anniversary of a century of Romanian Olympic attendance, the event was attended by Gabriela Szabo, Ivan Patzaichin, Ilie Nastase, Doina Melinte, Octavian Bellu, Ecaterina Szabo, Sandra Izbasa, Laura Badea, Mihai Covaliu, Camelia Potec, Violeta Beclea-Szekely, Elisabeta Lipa, Nicu Vlad, Octavian Morariu, Alina Dumitru and Alin Moldoveanu.
During these 100 years, Romania had won 302 Olympic medals, including 88 gold medals, 94 silver and 120 bronze ones.

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