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Romania Reveals World Teams to Tokyo
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Romania announced its world teams to the upcoming world championships, with the women's squad preparing for a final pre-worlds warm-up in Great Britain. Pictured: Sandra Izbasa

Romania announced its world teams to the upcoming world championships, with the women's squad preparing for a final pre-worlds warm-up in Great Britain.

The Romanian team announcement was complicated by the current status of two expected members of the world team — stars Catalina Ponor and Marian Dragulescu — who officially announced their comebacks April 1. The FIG requires gymnasts be registered at least six months before major international competition to comply with drug-testing regulations.

Romania entered a women's team of Diana Bulimar, Diana Chelaru, Raluca Haidu, Sandra Izbasa, Ana Porgras and Amelia Racea, with alternate Daniela Andrei. The men's squad is currently Cristian Bataga, Marius Berbecar, Ovidiu Buidoso, Adrian Bucur, Vlad Cotuna and Flavius Koczi, with alternate Andrei Muntean.

The world championships take place Oct. 7-16 in Tokyo. Fans can expect Ponor and Dragulescu to compete, said Mircea Apolzan, secretary-general of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.

"Under FIG rules, they have the right to enter competition only starting Oct. 1," Apolzan said. "They will join the lineup upon our team's arrival in Tokyo."

The Romanian women, minus Andrei, will be back in action this weekend in Great Britain. The team competes Saturday and Sunday in a tri-meet against Great Britain and Portugal at Lilleshall, the British national training center.

Both Romanian teams finished out of the medals at the 2010 Worlds in Rotterdam, with the women placing fourth and the men ninth. The women picked up a gold medal on balance beam from Porgras and silver on floor exercise from Chelaru, while the men left empty-handed. The Romanian federation is setting modest goals for Tokyo.

"Our objectives are clear: to get one or two medals, plus some top-six placings," Apolzan said. "We must stress, however, that these worlds championships are the first Olympic qualifying event and, of course, we wish and hope our gymnasts will achieve this qualification. According to the rules, the first eight teams from the first day of competition in Tokyo will get tickets for the Olympics in London. A second qualifying event will take place in January in London at the pre-Olympic tournament, but we hope we don't need to get there."

External Link: Romanian Gymnastics Federation

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Craig said:

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Apolzan is stressing out too much, as if he has less faith in his gymnasts. The Romanians will qualify easily to London, they might even be in team medal contention. Sooo...with Catalina Ponor is she going to be named to the team after October 1st is that what they are saying?
 
September 15, 2011
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C Prec said:

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I expect Romania to qualify easily around 5th place.
 
September 15, 2011
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Rich M said:

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I inferred that Apolzan's statement about hoping to qualify in Tokyo and not at the Test Event was more geared toward the men's team, since the Romanian Men finished 9th in Tokyo. They need to finish top 8 in Tokyo to qualify a full team.
 
September 15, 2011
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Jhonna said:

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The Romanian women should qualify without a problem but the men are on the bubble! There are a lot of great teams right now for the men
 
September 15, 2011
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maria_b said:

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don't underestimate romanians. The women team will for sure win lots of medals!
 
September 24, 2011
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Daisy1991 said:

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Why don't let larisa lordache join in this team? She is powerful and all-around. Ponor coming back is good. However, they are still not be able to win the gold in world team final. It is because their vault and uneven bar are weaker than Russia and China.
 
September 25, 2011
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Alison Clements said:

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Larisa Iordache is still a junior. She will not qualify for senior competition until 2012.
 
September 30, 2011
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