Sport in Moldova

Sport in Moldova has reached international levels as individuals compete at the European, World and Olympic levels. Most notably, Moldova has won a range of medals at the European championships in boxing, Judo, weightlifting and wrestling.

SportsEdit

BasketballEdit

Moldova has an increasingly successful team at the FIBA European Championship for Small Countries. There, Team Moldova won two silver medals until today. (2008 and 2012)

The country has a professional basketball league, namely the Moldovan National Division.[1]

CyclingEdit

The most prestigious cycling race is the Moldova President's Cup, which was first run in 2004.

FootballEdit

Football is the most popular sport in Moldova.

RugbyEdit

Rugby union is becoming more popular. Since 2004, playing numbers at all levels have more than doubled to 3,200. Despite the hardships and deprivations the national team are ranked 34th in the world. More than 10,000 supporters turn out for home internationals.[2]

WrestlingEdit

Trânta (a form of wrestling) is the national sport in Moldova.

Major achievements by sporting eventEdit

 
Moldova at the 2010 Winter Olympics

Olympic GamesEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Boxing 2000 Summer Olympics Vitalie Gruşac  
Boxing 2008 Summer Olympics Veaceslav Gojan  
Canoeing 1996 Summer Olympics Nicolae Juravschi
Viktor Reneysky
 
Shooting 2000 Summer Olympics Oleg Moldovan  
Wrestling 1996 Summer Olympics Sergei Mureiko  

Paralympic GamesEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Athletics 1996 Summer Paralympics Nikolai Tchoumak  
Table tennis 1996 Summer Paralympics Vladimir Polkanov  

Youth Olympic GamesEdit

 
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Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Boxing 2010 Summer Youth Olympics Daniil Svaresciuc  
Canoeing 2014 Summer Youth Olympics Serghei Tarnovschi  
Wrestling 2010 Summer Youth Olympics Iulia Leorda  
Wrestling 2014 Summer Youth Olympics Dmitri Ceacusta  
Wrestling 2014 Summer Youth Olympics Tatiano Doncila  

World ChampionshipsEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Archery 1993 World Indoor Archery Championships Natalia Valeeva  
Archery 1995 World Archery Championships Natalia Valeeva  
Archery 1995 World Indoor Archery Championships Natalia Valeeva  
Boxing 2001 Women's World Amateur Boxing Championships Irina Smirnova  
Canoeing 1995 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Nicolae Juravschi
Viktor Reneysky
 
Canoeing 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Oleg Tarnovschi  
Canoeing 2015 ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships Serghei Tarnovschi  
Judo 1997 World Judo Championships Victor Florescu  
Judo 1997 World Judo Championships Victor Bivol  
Judo 2011 World Judo Championships Sergiu Toma  
Swimming 1993 FINA World Swimming Championships (25 m) Serghei Mariniuc  
Taekwondo 2015 World Taekwondo Championships Aaron Cook  
Weightlifting 1995 World Weightlifting Championships Vadim Vacarciuc  
Weightlifting 2003 World Weightlifting Championships Vadim Vacarciuc  
Weightlifting 2005 World Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Bratan  
Wrestling 1993 World Wrestling Championships Sergei Mureiko  
Wrestling 1994 World Wrestling Championships Lukman Jabrailov  
Wrestling 1994 World Wrestling Championships Victor Peicov  
Wrestling 1995 World Wrestling Championships Sergei Mureiko  
Wrestling 2003 World Wrestling Championships Ghenadie Tulbea  
Wrestling 2014 World Wrestling Championships Mihai Sava  

World GamesEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Dancesport 2013 World Games Gabriele Pasquale Goffredo
Anna Matus
 

European ChampionshipsEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Athletics 1996 European Athletics Indoor Championships Olga Bolşova  
Athletics 2010 European Athletics Championships Ion Luchianov  
Biathlon Biathlon European Championships 2008 Natalia Levchenkova  
Boxing 2001 Women's European Amateur Boxing Championships Elena Hadji  
Boxing 2002 European Amateur Boxing Championships Veaceslav Gojan  
Boxing 2002 European Amateur Boxing Championships Igor Samoilenco  
Boxing 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships Alexandr Riscan  
Boxing 2008 European Amateur Boxing Championships Victor Cotiujanschi  
Boxing 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships Veaceslav Gojan  
Boxing 2011 European Amateur Boxing Championships Alexandr Riscan  
Boxing 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships Dmitri Galagot  
Boxing 2013 European Amateur Boxing Championships Petru Ciobanu  
Canoeing 2016 Canoe Sprint European Championships Oleg Tarnovschi  
Canoeing 2016 Canoe Sprint European Championships Serghei Tarnovschi  
Football 2011 EMF miniEURO National team  
Gymnastics 2000 European Trampoline Championships Vladimir Cojoc  
Judo 1993 European Judo Championships Apti Magomadov  
Judo 1993 European Judo Championships Tudor Lazarenko  
Judo 1996 European Judo Championships Oleg Crețul  
Judo 1998 European Judo Championships Andrei Golban  
Judo 1999 European Judo Championships Victor Bivol  
Judo 2001 European Judo Championships Nicolai Belokosov  
Judo 2009 European Judo Championships Marcel Trudov  
Judo 2011 European Judo Championships Sergiu Toma  
Taekwondo 2010 European Taekwondo Championships Vladislav Arventii  
Taekwondo 2014 European Taekwondo Championships Stepan Dimitrov  
Taekwondo 2014 European Taekwondo Championships Vladislav Arventii  
Taekwondo 2016 European Taekwondo Championships Aaron Cook  
Weightlifting 1994 European Weightlifting Championships Vadim Vacarciuc  
Weightlifting 2000 European Weightlifting Championships Vadim Vacarciuc  
Weightlifting 2001 European Weightlifting Championships Vladimir Popov  
Weightlifting 2002 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Grabucea  
Weightlifting 2004 European Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Bratan  
Weightlifting 2006 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Grabucea  
Weightlifting 2006 European Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Bratan  
Weightlifting 2007 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Bour  
Weightlifting 2007 European Weightlifting Championships Eugen Bratan  
Weightlifting 2007 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Grabucea  
Weightlifting 2009 European Weightlifting Championships Cristina Iovu  
Weightlifting 2009 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Grabucea  
Weightlifting 2011 European Weightlifting Championships Oleg Sîrghi  
Weightlifting 2011 European Weightlifting Championships Anatolie Cîrîcu  
Weightlifting 2012 European Weightlifting Championships Anatolie Cîrîcu  
Weightlifting 2012 European Weightlifting Championships Cristina Iovu  
Weightlifting 2012 European Weightlifting Championships Oleg Sîrghi  
Weightlifting 2012 European Weightlifting Championships Serghei Cechir  
Weightlifting 2012 European Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Spac  
Weightlifting 2013 European Weightlifting Championships Oleg Sîrghi  
Weightlifting 2013 European Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Spac  
Weightlifting 2013 European Weightlifting Championships Igor Bour  
Weightlifting 2014 European Weightlifting Championships Serghei Cechir  
Weightlifting 2015 European Weightlifting Championships Oleg Sîrghi  
Weightlifting 2015 European Weightlifting Championships Alexandru Dudoglo  
Weightlifting 2015 European Weightlifting Championships Andrian Zbirnea  
Weightlifting 2016 European Weightlifting Championships Iurie Dudoglo  
Wrestling 1993 European Wrestling Championships Oleg Tokarev  
Wrestling 1993 European Wrestling Championships Victor Peicov  
Wrestling 1993 European Wrestling Championships Sergei Mureiko  
Wrestling 1994 European Wrestling Championships Lukman Jabrailov  
Wrestling 1995 European Wrestling Championships Sergei Mureiko  
Wrestling 1996 European Wrestling Championships Igor Grabovetchi  
Wrestling 1996 European Wrestling Championships Sergei Mureiko  
Wrestling 2001 European Wrestling Championships Ghenadie Tulbea  
Wrestling 2002 European Wrestling Championships Ghenadie Tulbea  
Wrestling 2005 European Wrestling Championships Ghenadie Tulbea  
Wrestling 2006 European Wrestling Championships Ludmila Cristea  
Wrestling 2010 European Wrestling Championships Andrei Perpeliță  
Wrestling 2011 European Wrestling Championships Ludmila Cristea  
Wrestling 2011 European Wrestling Championships Natalia Budu  
Wrestling 2011 European Wrestling Championships Nicolae Ceban  
Wrestling 2012 European Wrestling Championships Ludmila Cristea  
Wrestling 2014 European Wrestling Championships Victor Ciobanu  
Wrestling 2014 European Wrestling Championships Andrei Perpeliță  
Wrestling 2014 European Wrestling Championships Nicolae Ceban  
Wrestling 2014 European Wrestling Championships Natalia Budu  
Wrestling 2016 European Wrestling Championships Donior Islamov  
Wrestling 2017 European Wrestling Championships Andrei Perpeliță  

European GamesEdit

Sport Event Athlete(s) Result
Wrestling 2015 European Games Piotr Ianulov  
Wrestling 2015 European Games Svetlana Saenko  
Wrestling 2015 European Games Alexandru Chirtoaca  

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Indian cager Ulhas KS to set to play in Moldovan National League". sportscafe.in. 16 October 2021. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. ^ Souster, Mark (Oct 27, 2012). "Europe's poor relations show richness of spirit; Mark Souster visits Moldova and discovers a wealth of ambition at all levels in one of the game's new frontiers". The Times (London, England).

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