The president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee, Mihai Covaliu, on Wednesday stated that tennis player Simona Halep would be the suggested name for Romanian delegation’s flag-bearer at the 2020 edition of the Olympic Games in Tokyo. It is for the Executive Committee of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee to issue the final decision. Halep is Romanian greatest tennis player of all time. For 64 weeks running, Simona was at the top of the WTA rankings. In Tokyo, Simona will prove her mettle is the Olympic women’s singles, doubles and mixed pairs events.
Time now for news from women’s handball. According to Romanian national handball team’s Swedish head-coach, Tomas Ryde, Cristina Neagu’s chances to be included in Romania’s lineup for the World Championships scheduled for December 2019 stand at less than 20 per cent. Ryde went on to say Cristina’s right knee is still injured and she still had pains there. Neagu underwent extra medical checkup in Austria, but it is still difficult to detect the cause of her pain, Ryde aldo said. We recall that in December 2018 during Romania’s match against Hungary as part of the European Championships sin France, Neagu suffered a rupture of the right-knee anterior cruciate ligament. Neagu successfully underwent a surgical operation in Belgium on January 9, and is still in her recovery period. These days Romania’s national handball team was summoned in Cluj, for a centralized training stage ahead of the team’s participation in the World Championships, to be held in Japan 2019. Romania’s is part of Group C alongside Spain, Hungary and Montenegro.
Former tennis player Boris Becker will make his first chess move at the Bucharest-held Superbet Rapid & Blitz Chess, the sixth round of the world’s most important chess competition, according to a press release quoted by AGERPRES this past Wednesday. The former tennis legend is also a passionate chess player. On November 6, Becker will be attending the official opening of the event held under the aegis of the Grand Chess Tour. The tournament has a strategic importance for the rating of the world’s best chess player.
(Translated by Eugen Nasta)