The date of publishing: Wednesday 12 October 2022, 19:25
Update date: Wednesday 12 October 2022, 19:27
Alexandru Corneschi, national champion in the marathon, running at an average speed of 3:12 minutes/kilometer
2 hours, 15 minutes and 58 seconds. That was all he needed Alexander Corneschi to become the first runner to finish The Bucharest Marathonorganized on October 9, with the Romanian marathoner defending his champion title and beating his own time from last year, when he completed the 42.195 km race in 2 hours, 16 minutes and 49 seconds.
Not even three days after the victory that gave him a big boost of confidence – canceling 51 secondscompared to the time recorded at the National Championships in 2021 -, but also by which he keeps intact his hope of participating in The Olympic Games in Parisfrom 2024, Alexandru Corneschi announced on social networks that he did not receive his salary for the second month in a row, despite the huge sports performances achieved, but also the fact that his remuneration is included in the minimum salary in our country.
Alexandru Corneschi ironically thanked the Ministry of Sports: “You’re going to bury all Romanian athletics!”
This is the first and last post in which I “complain” about the conditions of sports in Romania, and here I am referring to athletics.
You probably know my recent results, hard work and all that means winning a medal or gaining a few minutes/seconds in a marathon race.
Today, 12.10, I received a phone call in which I was informed that there is no money at the club this month either, after August, which had the same fate.
“How is it possible for a medalist and constantly rising athlete to receive zero lei per month?”
To give you an idea, I received a minimum wage on the economy, to support all this work… I repeat, I did not complain about the money I received and I always worked with love and with the hope that it would be better.
How is it possible that a medal-winning athlete who is constantly on the rise can receive 0 ron/month for all his activity, given that a pair of marathon running shoes are somewhere around 800 ron and a minimum massage 100 ron, and let’s not put in calculate all other costs.
I am disappointed with everything that is happening…. “Thank you” Ministry of Sports, you will bury all Romanian athletics!
Alex Corneschi,” wrote Romania’s national marathon champion, Alexandru Corneschi, on Facebook.
To fulfill his dream of participating in the Summer Olympics scheduled for Paris in 2024, Alexandru Corneschi will need to break the 43-year-old national record (Cătălin Andreica, 1978, 2 hours, 12 minutes and 30 seconds) and to meet the Olympic standard, set at 2 hours, 11 minutes and 30 seconds, for the Tokyo edition.
“I don’t do athletics for records. Unfortunately, performance athletics cannot make a living in Romania. Within the legal limit, a professional athlete can earn from a club 700 lei monthly compensation and another 400 lei for supporting efforts.
I live from sports, but not from athletics, not from performance. At our place, no one wants performance anymore, it is very poorly paid and time flies by us. I, the future parent, would be happy to be in the situation where my children would do performance sports, but not athletics,” Alexandru Corneschi scored for Spotmedia.
The performances achieved by Alexandru Corneschi
- 1st place at the Athens Half Marathon, where he set a course record (March 2022)
- National Marathon Champion (2021 and 2022)
- National Half Marathon Vice Champion (2021)
- Balkan Half Marathon Champion (2021)
- National Champion 50km with National Record (2:52:27) (2021)
- National Champion 10km – Road (2021)
- National Champion 10km – Cross Country (2021)
photo sources: Strava, Libertatea