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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old Dec 20th, 2002, 05:24 PM Thread Starter
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Romanian gymnasts get 5 year ban

Three Romanian women gymnasts have been punished by their national federation for giving a nude performance in Japan.

Double Olympic gold medallist Lavinia Milosovici, 26, Claudia Presecan and Corina Ungureanu were barred for a period of five years from coaching or refereeing in gymnastics in Romania.

Milosovici, who won the floor exercise and vault titles at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and was a five-time world champion, no longer competes at international level.

The trio had "tarnished the image of gymnastics" with their naked performance on competition-standard apparatus such as the balance beam in a DVD filmed in Chiba prefecture outside Tokyo, said the Romanian gymnastics federation president Nicolae Vieru.

"This decision is a result of the negative reaction in Japan after the broadcasting of pictures of the three gymnasts in the nude," said Vieru.

The gymnasts' performance was partially broadcast in a late-night show on a private Japanese television network.

Vieru said the International Gymnastics Federation would consider punishing the trio when it met in January.
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i quite liked her ........


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This can't be legal, can it?? (I assume it wasn't an official tourney, so what the gymnast "do" in their spare time is their business)

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i quite liked her ........

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Well, it is obvious that those athletes did what they did for money and not for sports (Lavina stated more or less that much). And what the Japanese federation chairman said has some truth in it about the message thus given to young gymnasts.
On the other hand, I find it rather amusing to view the controversy under the light of the word "gymnastics" and its etymology... It comes from ancient Greek gymnos=nude. As a matter of fact, ancient Greeks sometimes did openly what even bold and morally "free" people would hardly dare to do at home nowadays, to follow André Breton's comments on Aristophanes's Lysistrata astonishing play

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Can't a girl(s) make a few bucks? What is the big deal?

And I'd hardly be concerned about Japan having a "negative reaction", afterall, this is the country that still finds pubic hair offensive and won't allow it to be shown in print or video.
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stupid romanian federation... if it's not at a proper tourney, then they can do what they want... the fedration should have no say in that!

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Five years ban is certainly too harsh and unfair!
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21st I believe. the reason for the ban is not because they are from Romania it is because they also work with the Romanian Federation as coaches and staff. If they weren't working for the federation they wouldn't care. It is a mater professionalism. Riht now if Anna K,Barbara S, Daniela H,and Jelena D. played a nude doubles matc the same thig would hppen. but once they are retired o are no longer involved in tennis no one would care.

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