Doha: Artistic coach Marius Daniel Urzica was released by the Qatar Gymnastics Federation (QGF) to join his native country Romania as their national coach.
One of the highly decorated coaches, the 42-year-old is an Olympic champion, a three-time world champion and a three-time European champion on pommel horse.
Marius competed at three Olympic Games, winning a pommel horse medal on each occasion (gold in Sydney 2000, silver in Atlanta 1996 and silver in 2004 Athens Games) and a team bronze in Athens.
The QGF President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi and the Board of Directors recalled his contribution to help gymnastics gain foothold in the country at a ceremony held at the federation’s office last week.
“We’ve an excellent relationship with the Romanian federation and hence QGF approved his application to release him to join his country’s national team,” said Al Hitmi. “It’s a matter of great pride that our gymnasts were trained by Marius as his unique technique and style of performance had won him laurels around the world.”
Along with Miroslav Cerar, Zoltan Magyar, he was also known as "The King of Pommels" while two elements in artistic, one on pommel horse and one on parallel bars are named after him.