A conversation with Vasile Citea, President of Romanian Boxing Federation03 April 2017
A conversation with Vasile Citea, President of Romanian Boxing Federation
After organizing the Women’s Boxing Championships in 2014, the Romanian Boxing Federation Puglistica returned to the international spotlight, setting up in Braila, a city at the mouth of the Danube (Black Sea), the first EUBC European Under 22 Championships. When President Franco Falcinelli EUBC offered the President Vasile Citea the opportunity to host the event, the request was met with enthusiasm.
The interview with Vasile Citea, President of the Romanian Boxing Federation, to know a little more about the EUBC European Under 22 Championships
Also presents the Secretary Viorel Sima
After the Women’s Boxing Championships 2014, Romania has returned to host a great event. Are you satisfied about this?
I am honored to have the friendship and esteem of European EUBC President and vice President of AIBA, Franco Falcinelli, who made me this proposal. The result was a starting point for the Romanian boxing that awaited for years to get back to the top. Now we are more motivated to make territorial development programmes, stimulating young people from school to practice boxing.
How did the Romanian Federation shoulder the costs for such an important event?
Thanks to the help of some sponsor, friends of boxing, because otherwise it would have been impossible. The Federation does not receive aid from any government agency, we must support all the expenses borne by us.
Was the evaluation satisfying?
I think it was one of the most important event in Europe. The technical level was very high and the medalists were in absolute value. The Romania has exceeded expectations, winning two golds, with great satisfaction for our movement. In addition, Jitaru, 56 kg champion, is from Braila. There was also a lot of public. Thanks to Franco Falcinelli, for giving us the opportunity to host an important event which reported the Romania at the top.
How many amateur boxers in Romania?
We have approximately 900 men and 120 women but until a few years ago were more. I am confident that thanks to victories by Jitaru and Aradoraie, we will have a return of many young people in the gym.
You were excellent boxer. How many match did you competed?
As an amateur, in the ‘80, I competed for 360 matches, whilem when I was professionist, 18 match, some in Spain and the rest in Romania.
Pro in Romania has few activity. Do you designed to increase the sector?
We are currently working in Tokyo 2020 perspective, then on amateurs. Later, we’ll look also at the field of pro.
How do you plan to increase the Romanian boxing?
The home-ground is in schools and we work on this aspect. The Ministry of education helps young people, it is up to us to put on boxing in schools, relying on sound sports teachers.
In Tokyo it is almost certain that come 5 female categories and will come down male to nine. What’s your opinion about it?
When decreasing the categories is never a good thing. The ideal would be to increase women but not to miss in men.
In Romania staged only one international tournament, the Golden Bell, designed to increase the numbers of this chiampionship or organize another one?
For 2018, we are planning a event that recovers “Centura de Aur”, which is definitely the glory of Romania: in the ’70 and ’80 attended the strongest Nations in the world, as USSR or Cuba and many others. This is our dream.