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Two races of Ski Jumping World Cup - Ladies to be organized at Rasnov Sports Center

  • Rasnov Sports Center will host two races within the Ski Jumping World Cup - Ladies on February 7th and 8th 2015
  • Daniela Haralambie and Bianca Ştefănuţă will represent Romania at the Ladies World Cup
  • The competition is organized by the Romanian Federation of Biathlon Ski (FRSB), under the patronage of International Ski Federation’s (FIS), with OMV Petrom’s support and in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Rasnov’s Town Hall.

Romania will host two races of one of the most important women ski jumping competitions: the Ladies World Cup. These will be organized by the Romanian Federation of Biathlon Ski (FRSB), under the patronage of International Ski Federation’ s (FIS), with support from OMV Petrom, on February 7th and 8th at the Rasnov Sports Center.

Two Romanians are listed among the registered athletes: Daniela Haralambie, the first Romanian representative at the Ski Jumping World Cup, and Bianca Ştefănuţă, who is competing for the first time in this tournament. They will race against 39 athletes from 12 countries, including the first three ranked in the world. Every day, two rounds will be organized. Only the first 30 best jumpers will qualify for the second round.

"Romania proved that it has potential to create world champions in sports, but performance needs encouragement and financial support. We focus on women gymnastics and ski jumping and we support them via public-private partnerships. The budget for supporting gymnastics is EUR 2.5 million for 2014-2016, while the budget for ski jumping is EUR 2.5 million for 2014-2017. By promoting these sports, we aim to offer new perspectives to our athletes and support them on their way to performance", said Mariana Gheorghe, CEO of OMV Petrom.

It is for the second year in a row that World Cup competitions - Ladies are hosted at the Rasnov Sports Center. The two races will be organized on the largest jumping hill in Valea Carbunarii, with a size of 100 meters. Currently, the record for this jumping hill is 100.5 meters and belongs to Sara Takanaki, winner of the World Cup in 2014.

The ski jumping competitions will take place on the 7th and 8th of February, starting 13:30, with free access for the public and will be broadcasted by the Romanian National Television.

The competition is organized by the Romanian Ski and Biathlon Federation, the International Ski Federation, with support from OMV Petrom and in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports and Rasnov city hall. The same as last year, OMV Petrom covers a large amount of the costs for the organization of the races in Rasnov. Also, the company contributed with EUR 3 million to the construction of the Rasnov Sports Center.

"Following last year’s success, FIS proposed to organized two new ski jumping rounds in the 2015 Ladies World Cup, here at Rasnov. We are deeply honored that Romania will host again the best women ski jumpers in the world, including our own Daniela Haralambie. Thus we restore the grounds of the ski jumping tradition by maintaining the Rasnov sports center in the World Cup program and we confirm the commitment we took together with our partners to bring performance on the Rasnov jumping hills. Moreover, with these world class competitions, Romania is preparing to organize the Junior World Championships in 2016 and the Youth Olympic games in 2020", says Puiu Gaspar, Secretary General of the Romanian Biathlon Ski Federation.

"The ski jumping center at Valea Carbunarii, built following a successful public-private partnership, is something we are truly proud of. We aim to increase the standards even more and to bring here, for Rasnov inhabitants, some of the most important international competitions. With this new world cup competition, we mark a new important moment in our strategy to make Rasnov a well-known name for international competitions", says Adrian Vestea, Rasov city mayor.

OMV Move & Jump
The project OMV Move & Jump, launched in 2007, is promoting ski jumping in Romania. Through this project, the company offers support for the development of specific training and competing programs (including training camps), for the acquisition of the necessary sports equipment, for building ski jumping trampolines in Romania (the Rasnov Center), as well as for the transfer of know-how from international ski jumping experts. The budget for the project, covering the period 2007-2017, amounts to EUR 10 million. The project is developed via two public-private partnerships, one between OMV, OMV Petrom and the Romanian Federation for Biathlon Ski. The second public-private partnership, for the building of the Rasnov Sports Center was concluded between OMV, OMV Petrom, the Romanian Federation for Biathlon Ski, the Rasnov city hall, and the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

OMV Petrom is funding the training of the Romanian Gymnastics Team for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and the Program "Romania needs champions" designed to draw children to gymnastics and support them during the first years of coaching with EUR 2.5 million. The financing for the Romanian gymnastics team covers, among others, expenses for ensuring optimal training conditions both for athletes, and for the technical and administrative staff (nutrition, health, education), as well as expenses for acquiring special sports equipment. The project is implemented through a public-private partnership between OMV Petrom, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Bucharest City hall, the Romanian Federation for Gymnastics and the Foundation House of champions, including projects covering the period 2014-2016.

About OMV Petrom
OMV Petrom is the largest integrated oil and gas group in Southeastern Europe, with an annual oil and gas production of approximately 66 mn boe. The Group has a refining capacity of 4.2 mn tons/year and owns an 860 MW high efficiency power plant and a 45 MW wind park. OMV Petrom is present on the oil products retail markets in Romania and neighboring countries through approximately 800 filling stations.

OMV, Austria’s largest listed industrial company, holds a 51.01 percent share in OMV Petrom. The Romanian state, via the Ministry of Energy, Small & Medium Enterprises and Business Environment, holds 20.64 percent of OMV Petrom shares; the Property Fund holds 18.99 percent and 9.36 percent is free float on the Bucharest Stock Exchange.

In the last nine years, investments for the consolidation and modernization of OMV Petrom amounted to EUR 10 bn. The annual direct, indirect and induced impact of OMV Petrom in Romania’s gross domestic product is around 5 percent.

Starting 2007, OMV Petrom integrated the principles of corporate responsibility within its business strategy. In this period, the company allocated more than EUR 40 mn for the development of communities in Romania, focusing on environment protection, education, health and local development. Andrei’s School is the main platform for community involvement.

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