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Interview with Cricket Romania's Cristina Olaru

Cristina Olaru’s sporting CV is impressive, even more so since she added cricket to it. Her sports administration skills are proving to be an important asset to the Cricket Romania team.

How important is sport to you? It’s very important because all my life I’ve played sport.

What other sports have you played competitively? Handball, athletics (especially running - short, middle and long distance), basketball and kayaking.

Do you like playing sport, or are you more of a spectator? Obviously I prefer playing to watching, but I like watching sport too (except soccer). I go to the gym most days in a week, and to aerobics classes and kangoo classes, and I’m also an aerobics instructor.

What did you know about cricket, before you started working at Cricket Romania? Nothing, absolutely zero. I knew the difference between cricket and croquet - that’s about it.

What attracted you to cricket initially? Initially, because it was presented to me as if I was attending a picnic. I thought it was nice that you don’t have to sit on a chair, you can sit on the grass, and watch.

What do you like about cricket? I appreciate the qualities it promotes, including honesty, respect, competitiveness, teamwork, and decision making, and there are others. I also like the fact that it’s played outdoors, on grass, in the summer.

Would you advise children to play cricket? Yes, for sure. It sets a positive example.

Would you like to play cricket? Yes, but only for fun.

I guess, being a handball player and an athlete, you would have been good in the field. Probably, and I think I would be a good bowler too.

What's the best thing about working for Cricket Romania? It’s broadened my horizons, and I've met a lot of really interesting people.

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