Performance is concentrated in the developed cities of the country. Without financial support from parents, children cannot become heroes

Laura Badi, fencing champion: In school sports clubs, money is only enough for the coaches’ salaries.

Laura Badi, champion fencing: “Up to a certain level, a parent has to invest. There are a lot of international competitions at all levels, things have developed, but the sums for the sport are not enough for children who want to perform. Often, for those who want, it is not available to him Opportunity to participate in many competitions

Romania is proud every time, from international tournaments, Romanian athletes return home with medals, but a large part of the investment in their performance comes from the support of parents and/or sponsor, the country does not invest enough to discover new talent. The result is that performance is centered around the country’s developed cities, where parents can afford to play sports by their children.

Ziarul Financiar has made a list of the provinces with the most legitimate athletes in 2021, who also have the highest average net salaries per province in the country.

Most of the top athletes are located in Bucharest, a city that gathers more than 50,000 athletes, where the average net salary in December last year was more than 5,100 lei, according to data from the National Institute of Statistics.

The state is not investing enough in sports, and to discover young talent the effort is less. Timiş, with 17,900 legitimate athletes, Cluj, 15,500, Constanta, 13,600, occupy the next positions in the ranking of the provinces with the highest performance of athletes, according to a ZF analysis based on data from the Ministry of Sports. “There are several institutions through which the state invests in sports. Funds are given to sports, but nowadays there are many parents who invest in the performance of their children. Up to a certain level, the parent has to invest, especially in expensive sports, for example tennis. , and even fencing, and sports that need equipment, which are expensive, as well as travel to competitions Gradually the number of international competitions at all levels increased, before there were not so many, things developed a lot, the sums for sports, but it is not enough for children who want In performance, says Laura Badi, a former fencing champion, often those who want not to have the opportunity to participate in many competitions, if only they find sponsors or sacrifice their parents.

In the period between 83 and 84, when the fencing began, the state invested more in sports and not only in champions, but also in those who wanted to achieve performance.

“I had equipment, I had camps at sea and in the mountains, and that was what happened when I started fencing, gradually, things were not the same. For example, in school sports clubs, money is only enough for the salaries of trained teachers,” she says.

The cost of playing sports can reach very large sums, depending on the sport being played, but in addition to equipment and training, a child needs more than that. He needs financial support to be able to travel to different tournaments, and the coaches are also borne by the athletes. Parents are the number one source of funding for a child at the beginning of the way in the world of sports, and in many cases their financial effort is very high.

George Cusack, President of the Romanian Tennis Federation (FRT), recently told ZF that according to the federation’s analysis, a young person aged 15-18 needs €60,000-80,000 per year to have a customized competitive calendar. , which means 5000-6000 euros per month. With an average income of 5,000 lei, it is almost impossible to cover the costs, but one solution may be to find a private sponsor, but without results, this is very difficult.

Moreover, most of the high-performing athletes are also found in cities with more developed sports infrastructure, where both the state and the private sector have invested. Romania does not have a sports infrastructure comparable to what can be found in other European countries, but the contrast between what is found in the large urban centers and what is found in the small towns of the country is quite large. For a child in a rural area or in a small town without a sports base or a lot of opportunities to play sports, it is almost impossible to achieve performance, especially if financial resources are limited.

Without investing in both human resources and sports infrastructure, performance is lost. The number of legitimate athletes in 2021, i.e. 332,000 people, is the same level as in 1993. During this period, the total number of legitimate athletes has fluctuated, since 1995 the number of legitimate athletes has begun to decrease dramatically since each year, it has reached a minimum of 106,000 Person in 2005. Since then, the number has started to rise again, but at a rather slow pace. Furthermore, the football, basketball and chess federations count the most legitimate Romanian athletes in their aggregate. The top three sports account for about 64% of the total number of legitimate athletes.

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