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.