The fencer, Ana Maria Bânza, was impressed by the conditions of the athletes in Hungary. Last night, before returning to the country, the athlete had confessed that she could not sleep well. Here are the reasons for her insomnia.
Ana Maria Brânza earned the silver medal in the individual épée event at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing and she was in the champion’s épée team event at 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, she had been training for a week in Budapest, the city that will host the World Fencing Championship in 2019. Ana Maria Bânza was impoverished by the conditions the athletes in Hungary have. The last night, before returning to the country, the fencer says she could not sleep well. She posted the reason on her Facebook page.
“My adventure in Budapest is about to end, and although I did not wake up well this morning, I’ll try to draw some conclusions (I think that’s why I did not sleep well).
1. Although the population of Hungary is about half (approximately) of Romania, more than 90 clubs / sports associations with over 6,000 legitimate athletes are affiliated at the Hungarian Fencing Federation (we are grateful for less than half of their number of legitimate athletes).
2. I trained in a gym with devices (if you multiply by 2 you will find out how many athletes can “train” at the same time). The largest hall in Romania has 10-12 floors – in Satu Mare … what a coincidence! And, by the way, this was the club’s training room !!!
3. In every village, not town, there is a swimming pool because someone has thought about how important and beneficial this activity is for children. Which is why all children are going to learn to swim.
4. When I went to the national team training, I changed the hall … obviously! There were too many devices to count them.
5. As a matter of fact, in the younger age groups, parents provide the equipment, pay a monthly fee (less in some places than in Romania), and most of the time the competitions and training camps too.
6. Each coach is required to have a full set of athletes. Many of the seniors stay in the clubs, although they also have other jobs, engaging groups of beginners. Maybe this is why they have so many coaches.
7. I saw many and happy children! And also eager for performance, as are ours. And without annoyance, I did not see a parent’s foot in the hall.
And these details have only been learned from friendly discussions, without much interest and trying to understand their system.
It is certain that at the last edition in Rio de Janeiro, 2016, Hungary won 15 medals!
While our neighbors consider sport to be a national priority (and that’s what this is all about). We think of how to replace Gym classes in primary school!
Now I’m thinking … if we wake up tomorrow with some hundreds of kids who want to fence, because they simply want to! What do we do with them?!?
Okay, we have also trained in conference rooms and even restaurants. It is OK!
Bonus. In July, Budapest will host the World Fencing Championships for Seniors. They hosted in 2013 as well.
Who do we fight with?
Ready! I feel better now! I’m coming back home, “Ana Maria Brânza wrote.