The coach of the Romanian Olympic WAG team, Mariana Bitang, declared, Wednesday, for MEDIAFAX, that the 4 gymnasts initially written down as taking part at the Cottbus World Cup, will no longer participate, because the organizers have changed the program of the competition."We would have arrived Thursday night in Cottbus, and the second day, at 2pm, the qualifications would have taken place. We would have had time for training, but the organizers have decided to move the women’s qualification to 10am, so there wouldn’t have been time for anything. We would have barely woken up and headed straight to qualifications. It has been decided to not participate anymore. The girls will only participate at the Paris World Cup". (Mariana Bitang)
The Cottbus World Cup will be followed in the European calendar by the French Internationals, at Paris-Bercy, on the March 19-20. Romania will be represented by Flavius Koczi and Marius Berbecar on the men side, and by Diana Chelaru, Ana Porgras and Sandra Izbaşa on the women's side.
At the competition in France, only the finalists from the World Championships last year were invited, and the top 4 athletes on each apparatus according to the world cup ranks in 2010. The Romanian delegation will be composed from the coaches Ştefan Gal, Octavian Bellu and Lucian Sandu.
Shortly after the French Internationals, artistic gymnastics from across the European continent will be looking towards the European Championships, programmed between April 2-10, in Berlin.