Octavian Bellu – Great Romanian Gymnastics Coach

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Born on 17th of February 1951 in Ploiești (Prahova county), Octavian Bellu graduated the Institute of Physical Education and Sport in 1974, with a specialization in gymnastics discipline. Practicing athletics, volleyball and basketball, he began his career as a physical education teacher, but he took a great and surprising decision for those times: that of becoming gymnastics coach at “Petrolul” Sports Club in Ploiești (starting 1978).

After 3 years, he was invited to work as a coach for Olympic women’s gymnastics team at Deva and since 1990 he has been coordinator coach. His career consolidated through hard work, devotion and ambition, values which he permanently instilled in his feminine gymnastics teams. With a tireless search for genuine talents (as Andreea Răducan, Simona Amânar, Cătălina Ponor and many more), Bellu “put an emblem” to world female gymnastics. His trained teams participated in 6 Olympic Games, 16 editions of World Championships, 13 European Championships, 5 World Cups and 11 Junior European Championships. Being trainer for women’s gymnastics Olympic team, he brought to Romania 279 medals (106 being Gold medals).

His successful activity drew attention to several countries that continuously made him job offers, but he would not cease to share his loyalty to Romanian gymnastics. The teams led by Bellu won 5 world titles, 2 Olympic titles and numerous individual titles. With many honorary diplomas and titles, and important statuses in Romanian Sports area, World Records Academy  declared this overrated Romanian coach “the most successful coach in the world” with a record of 16 Olympic gold medals and a total of 305 World Championships, European Championships and Olympic Games. Also, he was included in the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in July 2008. In present day, he continues his coaching career and wishes to never stop channeling his efforts in the permanent developing of Romanian gymnastics and sports, in general. Due to this fact, he is state secretary for sports within the Ministry of Education, Research,  Youth and Sport, which is located in Bucharest, 28-30 General Berthelot Street.

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