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Oltchim: dancing on thin ice

Oltchim: dancing on thin ice
Ibolya Szekeres

Photo: Björn Kenneth Muggerud


Romanian club, Oltchim Rm. Valcea has serious economical problems. Some weeks ago Romanian medisa surces has realeased the fact that players of the club, included the trainer-team as well was not payed from more than two months.


Then Oltchim lost the first two CL matches, the first one, against FTC Rail-Cargo Hungaria on home court and the second one in Ljubljana, against Krim. After two rounds in the CL Main Round, the team led by Dane Jakob Vestergaard was at the bottom of the list in their group, without any earned points.

First two players, who sent their request adressed to the Romanian Handball Federation, to get free of their contracts with the club, were Spanish duo, Silvia Navarro and Alexandrina Barbosa. They were followed by Romanian line-player, Ionela Stanca and French playmaker Allison Pineau. All these players was complaining about the fact to not beeing paid their salaries by the club, since December 2012.

In this period of time, French goalkeeper of Oltchim, Amandine Leynaud, spending her recovery period in France, after a knee injury she suffered in August 2012 at her club, has released her contract with Oltchim and has signed an agreement with Macedonian ZRK Vardar Skopje.

Photo: Márta Kállai

The deadline for paying at least one months of salary to the players and coaches is 4th of March, otherwise all the players can be released of their contracts.

On Friday, 1st March vicepresident of Oltchim, Nicolae Luca has announced that they managed to get some money from different sponsors and organisations, and they are able to pay all the players and staff for December.

The club is also negotiating with the four players, Navarro, Barbosa, Pineau and Stanca to withdraw their requests regarding to contracts.

Next match for Oltchim Rm.Valcea is scheduled tomorrow in Russia, against Zvezda Zvenigorod in the round four of Group II in CL, Main Round. This game could be crucial for the Romanian star-team, regarding the qualification to the semifinals, but also regarding the economical issues of the club.

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Ibolya Szekeres

Hungarian living in Norway with a great passion for handball, primarly women handball. Travels all over the world to follow handball matches and tournaments and to write good articles on this website.

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