Posts Tagged ‘Romanian gymnastics scandal’
I’m already a little bored by this whole Bela Karolyi scandal, particularly since it is not new. The only new part is anyone caring at all.
But in this new article by KCRA, the Sacramento news station, Karolyi says:
“I’m not even commenting. I don’t appreciate at that level even to have a word on this. These people are really trash, and I’m not messing with that.”
Naturally, the only appropriate reaction is disgust. Even if these were blatant lies, the way to react to charges of abuse is not to verbally abuse the claimants.
Emilia Eberle’s response:
“The fact that he says he does not deny it — that should say a lot. And calling people ‘trash,’ you know, it’s a very ugly way of making comments about people. As far as I remember in my interview, I never called him any bad words.”
As promised, here is a good database of some older abuse allegations, from a Web site (that I think is no longer updated) that has been trying to get the abuse investigated by the FIG, IOC and the Romanian Gymnastics Federation. The allegations are from articles in such periodicals such as Pro Sport going back to the early 2000’s.
There are interviews with: Lavinia Agache, Simona Amanar, Alexandra Barac, Sabina Cojocar, Florin Gheorghe, Adriana Giurca, Rodica Dunca, Alexandra Marinescu, Florenta Oancea. Oana Petrovschi, Claudia Presecan, Andreea Raducan, Melita Ruhn, Daniela Silivas, Mihaela Stanulet, Siliva Stroescu, Ecaterina Szabo, Andreea Ulmeanu, and Corina Ungureanu. There’s also at least one interview with Mariana Bitang.
Anyway, point is, this is not new. The only new part is anyone in America paying attention.