mikh wrote:i wonder what for. Seriously, I'm not sarcastic, I genuinely wonder what were the criteria.
As I said, for the development of handball in Romania, the results being:
• bronze medal at 2015 WCh
• gold and silver medals at 2016 UCh
• bronze medal at 2016 U20 WCh
• CSM winning 2015/2016 CL
Take in consideration we were competing against Norway,Hungary and Russia for this award.
Gold medal at the 2016 UCh? Isn't that the guys' medal?
Anyway, my question was what does "development" mean? Does it mean to win titles with your NTs? Only that? I mean, I agree with your argument and I would even add that the league was at a decent level last year (I'd say less this year) and that they got televisions involved in broadcasting. For me these are also important criteria in my vision of "development". But I also have a black list about it and I think it is in the interest of the Romanian handball to factor this one in:
* 80% of your championship teams sitting on a financial bomb
* constantly unpaid players
* historic teams disappearing at a per-season basis
* a team that disgraced itself in European competitions
* the others were easily brushed aside by oppositions from... well our rival nations
Them, I see Norway and Hungary as pretty developed, so maybe they weren't even considered for this title. Is there a press release about this? I'm really curious about this prize and what does it really reward.
I'm sorry but I think the picture is very contrasting. You'd have to be blind or just a troll with the username of a former NT coach not to see both the good and the bad aspects of our handball. I am sorry, but a "political" prize (to use a term that a perpetual troll from here likes) doesn't tickle my national pride at all. I'd rather have this coming after we'd have a financially solid championship (this includes less teams), better financed junior sections (when is the last time any of you here visited a junior team and spoken to a parent or a coach?), payed professional players (how many players left and said they don't consider ever coming back? how many quit because they didn't even have money to pay for their surgeries when needed?).
There's a reality of any sport that doesn't go beyond the lights of the court on a match day. Wouldn't hurt to think from time to time how do these ladies actually get to "the cup".