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The photos, published in the latest issue of the Shukan Gendaishow Lavinia Milosovici, 26, Claudia Presecan, 23, and Corina Ungureanu, 22, posing naked, and performing gymnastics on a balance beam in only a G-string. The issue was sent to subscribers yesterday. Weeks later, two DVDs and a book featuring them naked went on sale in Japan.
Mayor Traian Basescu says he wants to show his support for the girl's gesture of having the courage to do what they want with their lives. He told the Libertatea newspaper 'I will give the three gymnasts the key to the city of Bucharest after January 1, as soon as they will be able to come and take it. Now they are allowed to do whatever they wish with their lives.
The Japan Gymnastics Association JGA said yesterday that Romania would be one of 14 nations competing at the invitational competition in Yokohama next September following an executive board meeting to discuss what action to take. It is just a shame that a video like this can be made in the name of sport and create such a bad image. Romanian media reported that Lavinia Milosovici, who won double Olympic gold inand two other athletes had appeared nude in a picture book published in Japan and performed naked gym routines in a movie now available in DVD form.
The Romanian Gymnastics Federation banned three former gymnasts from coaching and refereeing in official competitions for five years after they appeared nude in a DVD film and photographs published in Japan. The film, which began to be marketed in Japan two weeks ago, shows Romanian gymnasts Lavinia Milosovici, 26, Claudia Presecan, 23, and Corina Ungureanu, 22, posing and performing gymnastics naked. The suspension means the athletes can coach privately, but cannot take part in any official competitions organized by the federation.
News Ticker. Milosovici won two Olympic golds in Barcelona. Romanian gymnasts will be allowed to take part in a top competition in Japan, despite a row over a nude performance by three former members of the national team.
Gymnastics: The pornographic magazine Playboy revealed in Bucharest yesterday that they were to pay Romanian gymnast Corina Ungureanu. The Romanian Gymnastic Federation FRG decided not to pay the year-old, who has now retired from the sport, the bonus because they said she had violated the sport's ethics for posing nude in Playboy's Romanian edition. Her former coach Octavian Belu and deputy coach Mariana Bitang were the harshest critics of Ungureanu's photos, which they said showed a "lack of decency" that had tarnished not only her own but also her teammates' image. Responding to Belu's criticism that "she could have had the decency to wait until the sporting world had forgotten her," Ungureanu said: "I don't think he would like to hear what I think of his decency as a man and trainer.
The French player, sixth in the world rankings, has a painful kneecap and said yesterday she needed to rest for at least another month. Meanwhile, the redoubtable Martina Navratilova, 45, will be in Melbourne. She will play doubles and in preparation for the Open will also compete in the Gold Coast tournament, on Dec Jan 4, although her doubles partner has not been confirmed.