CS Rapid, official reaction after the men’s polo team was said to be disbanded

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During the day, information regarding the dissolution of the men’s polo team appeared in the sports press.

To get the right information for public opinion we bring some subtle clarifications:

The senior men’s polo team has not yet been disbanded, at the moment a detailed analysis of each sports section is being carried out.

Starting this season, there will be a special interest in bringing children to Rapid, where the development of academies for several disciplines (handball, volleyball, basketball, polo) will be a priority.

We promise all Rapid supporters that we will do everything in our power to have the RAPID name present throughout Europe in the coming years, and to resume current offerings internationally for more than 20 years.”appears in Rapid’s press release.

“I am absolutely shocked! We appeal to the Minister. Do you have a swimming pool in the yard and what are you doing?”

president Romanian Federation of Polo (FRP), Alexandro MateHe announced, Friday, to Agerpres, that he had spoken a few days ago with the president of CS Rapid Bucharest, Bogdan Vasilio, who assured him that there was an intention to abolish the men’s water polo team from the club.

CS Rapid Polo . TeamCoached by Silviu Ceobanu, he finished the 2021-2022 edition of the Men’s National Polo Championships in fourth place.

Alexandru Mattei, on the dissolution of the Rapid Polo Team: “I was absolutely shocked!”

I was completely shocked by this news. The rumors started a few days ago. I had a discussion with the president of CS Rapid, Bogdan Vasilio, who assured me that the goal was to scrap the men’s polo division. Moreover… why, what are the reasons, I don’t know… I didn’t go into details because it is their problem. I also told him personally that we, as a federation, are with them and are ready to do whatever they need to to keep going. Last year as a player, I played with Rapid, in the 2020-2021 season… Then Rapid entered the National Championship semi-finals years later. But it doesn’t matter that I played Rapid, it’s a huge disappointment to disband the team anywaySaeed Matti.

The president stated that the dissolution of the CS Rapid men’s team represented a great loss for Romanian polo.

We as a federation are trying to increase the number of teams in the national championship, and it is possible that two teams will come from the 2022-2023 season, Arad and Targo Morris. There are advanced discussions with these two clubs … and now we find out that Rapid, one of the emblematic clubs of Romanian sports, is closing the men’s polo division, where he performed even with the passage of time. Inexplicable, it is a huge loss for the Roman polo. It is very easy to set up, but much more difficult to set up.

Not to mention that Rapid has its own pool. I think the pool which was rebuilt after 30 years…because it was in operation until the 90’s, after which it was in ruins. Now recover… You mean you have a swimming pool in your yard and what do you do to break up the men’s polo team? Come on, you keep the women’s team, but this is much smaller…meaning the girls’ national championship in our country only has 4 teams,” the FRP official stated.

Alexandru Mattei: “Are you a hundred years old and canceling oaths?”

Alexandru Mattei has specified that the Romanian Polo Federation will contact Deputy Prime Minister Sorin Grindano, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, in order to find a solution regarding the CS Rapid men’s polo team.

We will try to find solutions. We will even appeal as a federation to the Transportation Minister, Sorin Grindano, affiliated with Rapid Athletic Club. We will ask him if this decision is acceptable, if he is aware of it, because in the end he is the chief there. We will ask him to see what is happening at CS Rapid, to resolve the situation…especially now around the club’s centenary. I mean, as a club, you are 100 years old and you have to at least maintain your traditional divisions, not cancel them. Rapid has had a polo team from the 1940s and ’50s, and was always in the championship. Well, you want to set up other sections, and that’s a rumor again. It would be good to do these sections, but also to keep your traditional sportsSaeed Matti.

In a phone call from the quoted source, CS Rapid’s president, Bogdan Vasilio, declined to confirm the men’s polo team’s cancellation. “Please submit a written email address and we will respondVasilio said.

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