Sunday, September 27, 2009


The Romanian paper, Prosport had a lovely article about a man called  Nicolae Constantin Emilian, who has donated a large sum of his money to the Romanian girls gymnastics team.  Nicolae, a sportsman all his life, has always been a fan of the girls, and sponsored many of them at the Nationals in Bazau.  Emilian, as someone commented at the bottom of the article, may have earned a large pension as a colonel in the communist era, meaning he has more expendable income than others.  He is particularly a fan of Izbasa, who made him happy in Beijing, and is sad that he will not get to see her benefit from the money immediately.

He claimed his sport experience has helped him understand just how much hard work the gymnasts go through and he wanted to help make it easier for them to "compete with soul".

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