Romania is participating in the 2019 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in Szeged, Hungary, with 16 athletes, 6 women and 10 men. They have registered for 16 events, of which 5 women's and 11 men's. On Wednesday, three Romanian boats qualified for the semifinals of the events: K1 Men 500 m, with Constantin Diba and Gheorghe - Alexandru Stoian, C1 Women 500 m, with a team headed by Stefanica Ursu, and K2 200 m with Iuliana Taran.
We continue with news from tennis. Romania's women's team will meet the Russian squad in the play off for the final Fed Cup tournament, on home turf, on 7-8 February 2020, according to the drawing of lots held in London on Wednesday. Romania, which ranks 6th in the Fed Cup classification, was first seed. The Czech Republic, which has a wild card, then Australia and France, the 2019 finalists, alongside Hungary, have qualified straight into the final tournament, to be hosted by Budapest between the 14th and 19th of April, 2020. The play off games are to be played in keeping with the principle "the best out of five games". Romania has only two players in top 100, namely Simona Halep, no.4, and Irina Begu, no.92. Russia, on the other hand, has 11 players in the 100 best.
We end with the latest from football. Dan Petrescu, the coach of Romania's champion CFR Cluj seems to be headhunted by the English Huddersfield Town, as the managers of the team are looking for the best option to replace Jan Siewert, who was sacked last week, according to the British media. Sky Sports reports that Dan Petrescu has impressed the Huddersfield bosses with his achievements at the helm of CFR Cluj, which last week eliminated Celtic Glasgow from the Champions League's preliminaries. (translated by M. Ignatescu)