Everyone knows politics and sports

The end of 2021 left Romania without four famous athletes – Anna Maria Branzi Popescu, Marian Drogolescu, Larissa Jurdac and Edward Novak – two more on the verge of separation either from competitive activity – tennis player Horia Tiko, or from their country of origin – volleyball player Alexia Caruţaşu (who He wants to represent Turkey.

For a great sporting power, these losses may not be as painful as they are for Romania, which has been in decline for many years in an area that once brought so much joy to the nation. Plans for the revitalization of Romanian sports are still being prepared, so that the minister in his post announced that the national strategy had already been completed, and the results – presented in an interministerial group. However, consultations will continue until the end of February, leading to a restart with medium and long-term implications, as expressed by Edward Novak.

Voices are also being heard saying that there is no need for a new strategy, as long as we already have one, developed under Minister Elisabetta Lipow and covering several Olympics: 2016-2032! In addition, since 2007 there is also a White Paper on European Sport, which has been assumed by Member States, in which there are other documents – such as the Communications on the Development of the European Dimension of Sport or the European Action Plan for Sport – which provide adequate standards and solutions for team sports and performance. But Romania, if it lacks athletes, does not lack politicians with ideas, embodied in the administrative-legislative plan.

Recently, for example, sports topics have caught the attention of the government and Parliament. The Ciucă Council of Ministers on the agenda of the December 15 meeting was a decision to grant Romanian citizenship to Ukrainian athlete Katerina Moskalova, who “is of interest to the Romanian Sambo Federation for her participation in international competitions”. For beginners, sambo is a communication sport that combines martial arts, judo and wrestling techniques, and was invented in the Russian special forces area, which is why it is very popular in the eastern region. The young Romanian who just adopted is a prized athlete, she won a bronze medal at the Junior and Junior World Championships in 2014, and at the same time, she won the silver at the European Games in 2019, in the under-70kg category. Moreover, for the last performance, she was also honored by the President of Ukraine, which, here, did not prevent her from reorienting herself geographically.

He drew the attention of some committees in Parliament on the same day to two bills. The first, which has already been rejected by the Youth and Sports Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, proposes that the Ministry of Youth and Sports be able to organize a “Movement Week in Romania” every year. In their arguments, the initiators of the PSD cite disturbing data from the latest eurobarometer, where Romanians are among the most stable citizens, and enthusiastically advocate the cause of recreational sports, as follows: “Regular physical activity helps you maintain basic mental abilities throughout life ( …), critical thinking, learning or memory (…) exercise (…) helps you get rid of negative thoughts and frustrations accumulated throughout the day. Exercise (…) improves the quality of sleep “etc. The aim of this initiative is to attract children to the regular practice of physical exercise, but also to “create (sic!) a solid selection base for athletic performance”. The goodwill so expressed did not convince even the Economic and Social Council, which approved the project passively, on the grounds that all provisions are optional: the MTS can organize, it can include federations, the territorial administrative units can allocate funds, and the MTS can deduce contracts, MTS can offer Shamed Awards.

The proposal of Florin Roman and many other liberals, which is on the agenda of the Committee on Budget, Finance, Banking and Capital Market in the Senate, had no better fate, as it was postponed. It is about ensuring the funding needed to award the merit allowance to all beneficiaries who meet the legal requirements. In the statement of reasons, the Liberals lamented that 200 people were in the waiting list to receive these allowances (which is not only a sport!) And they still add, since it is necessary to find money not only already. Specific beneficiaries, numbering 1,650, but also for the rest. As a solution, it is referred to the fees charged for obtaining a license to organize games of chance and license to operate games of chance, entrance fees to casinos, etc.

Other liberals found the same source of money convenient to support the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee and the National Paralympic Committee, through the bill recently adopted by the Chamber of Deputies – with 312 votes and none against! – and sent for issuance. But what do you see? President Iohannis filed a complaint of unconstitutionality, turning it into legal dust: “The law creates legal insecurity, a violation of the legitimate confidence of individuals in established rules. (…) creates an ambiguous situation, in which the recipients of the law are denied the predictability of standards Legal (…) A flawed legislative method (…) Incoherent regulation (…) A critical legislative solution (…) affects the principle of the rule of law “etc. To be sure, the presidential outrage has nothing to do with having Ludovic Orban at the top of the list of initiators of the law. Quite simply, our sports head of state is sincerely concerned about the fate of this field. Everyone knows nothing but politics and sports.

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