Who doesn't know Nadia Comaneci, Gheorghe Hagi, Ilie Nastase or Simona Halep?
The 14 years old Nadia was awarded The first 10 in the history of gymnastics. Hagi was nominated among the ten greatest players to wear Barcelona's number 10 shirt. Of course, there are humble examples of the timeless top athletes performances, where the mystique two digits have steeped into history, our memory and hearts.
What not many people know is that behind the hard work and sacrifice, they all struggled to achieve the highest performance in the absence of the necessary conditions for such a sport level. No facilities. No academies. No financial incentives or state support.
One of the first visionaries to make a 100% private investment in the Romanian sports is Gheorghe Hagi. A couple of years ago, he built his own football academy as the main resource of football players for his First League team, Viitorul Constanta, as well as for other football teams. Following the Spanish business model, Hagi recently declared that he is willing to expand his investment in new facilities, in order to provide the children of his academy with all the needs and experiences for a complete development.
With the right business vision and management team, First League football clubs with history in Romania won't have to worry for the payment of salaries to their players and coaches and fans won't be any longer the ones preoccupied to gather money to pay for the club license.
There is still so much room for investments in sports with high margins of profit in Romania. Both for the potential investors and the state. Public-private partnerships should be considered. Investments in academies and training camps. Smart cities with respect to the environment and social welfare.
Could you imagine sports facilities for all sports disciplines of Europe, in the heart of the Carpathians, with the pure ozone of the mountains and training camps all year round? I do. And if you don't believe me, ask Prince Charles.