FOTO: Heather Maynez
An important absence for the Romanian gymnastics national team. Sandra Izbaşa will not go to the World Championships in Tokyo (8th-16th of October). Sandra accused pain in her right foot, the same leg where she had surgery in 2009.
"It was a last minute decision. We decided to protect her and not to deviate from the old principle, that all who participate in competitions to be completely healthy. We tried to rest her, but pain persisted. Sandra remains a team player. She has greatly increased the difficulty of her routines, but we did not want to risk.
", Octavian Bellu said.
"The absence of Sandra is a blow for us. She is one of the pillars of the team, but I respected the decision of staff, which is to look ahead. I hope she'll get rid of those aches
", Adrian Stoica said, the president of the Romanian Gymnastics Federation.
Sandra Izbaşa is the European champion on vault and floor in Berlin, and was listed among the favorites to medal at the World Championship in Tokyo.
Source: ProsportThe Romanian Teams for Tokyo:
Women - Ana Porgras
, Cătălina Ponor
, Diana Chelaru
, Amelia Racea
, Raluca Haidu
, Diana Bulimar
, Daniela Andrei
Men - Flavius Koczi, Cristian Băţagă, Vlad Cotuna, Marian Drăgulescu, Marius Berbecar, Ovidiu Buidoşo, Andrei Ursache.
Romania teams for Japan left this morning to Tokio where they will arrive tomorrow.