Romanian Nationals 24/25/4/2010
It was “touch and go” as to whether I would have a flight to go to the Romanian Nationals as all flights had been cancelled due to the volcanic ash already causing me to miss the Norwegian Nationals the weekend before but I was lucky this time and arrived on a warm and sunny Thursday ready to hold a Referee’s training seminar on the Friday. The seminar went well with about 20 trainee Referee’s participating, I was left with the difficult task of picking the best to start the next day at their first big competition, and big it was!
Saturday was the left hand and I was amazed to hear that they had 239 competitors just for the left hand!
Unfortunately their Head Referee Dragos Corcoveanu had flight problems and was unable to attend so many of his duties fell to the experienced W.A.F qualified Referee Victor Barbu. This was the first time I have worked so closely with Victor and it was refreshing to see that he demands a high level of discipline from the competitors, he is one of the strictest Referees in the world, it was a pleasure working with him.
Saturday evening I asked Mircea Simionescu-Simicel their Marketing Director (who is also their Technical Director) how many competitors they had for Sunday he said he did not have a final number yet as registration did not finish till Sunday morning but it will be more than the 250 they had expected so we would be starting a little earlier.
Well when I arrived Sunday morning it was a very busy place, Mircea came and told me they had 361 competitors for the right hand I asked “just the right hand” he said yes with the left hand we have 390 competitors and a total of 600 entries, I said that is fantastic it’s the same size as the European Championship last year and one of the biggest Nationals in the world.
The competition ran very well the new Referees performed very well there were no major problems but lots of excitement from many “up and coming” armwrestlers one junior class had 42 competitors and like the Polish Nationals it was all streamed live on the internet. Christian Dulgheru (Romanian President) and his team have a lot to be proud of in the promotion and organisation of this competition. I was very impressed and pleased to see another European country making such great strides forward in our sport.
Congratulations to the whole team.
Polish Nationals an outsiders view
The day began with tragic circumstances while we sat having breakfast at 9:30 in the morning a news bulletin came on the television telling the country that the Polish President’s plane had crashed tragically killing him his wife and over 90 other people on board. Igor Mazurenko put his head in his hands and everyone was clearly shocked and stunned at this terrible news. May I offer my condolences to the family and friends of all those people killed in this tragic accident.
Things took a while to quieten down and as a result of this the 2 day event was shortened to 1 day as Sunday would now be a day of Mourning. So with 214 competitors from around 30 clubs across Poland we had to run both the left and right hand events in 1 day. However Igor and his team did not flinch they just turned up the pace and ran extra tables with Marcin Mielhiczuk handling the technical side with his excellent scoring system, along side Piotr Szczerba (Head Referee of Poland) who had an amazing 30 strong team of well trained Referee’s. It all went so smoothly you would think that they had had a months notice and not just 1 hour to make these changes.
All in all it was a great competition with enthusiastic but well disciplined competitors confirming that Igor and his team are world leaders in organising competitions.
GERMANY FEDERATION CHANGES
I just would like to inform You that on last Saturday we had our national championships in Germany and also new votes for our board. Because of private and job-related reasons I quit my position as the president of the German Armwrestling Federation and since now I´m the second vice president. I stil will try to participate in the congress meetings as my time will allow me to do. Also I´m still the person who you always can contact for questions or informations.
Here is our new board with the email adress:
The results of the German championships You can shortly find at www.armwrestling.de
Best wishes and hope to see You soon,
GERMAN ARMWRESTLING FEDERATION
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