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Kids duathlon marks a new beginning in Moldovan sport

Photo by Natalia Donets.
by Natalia Donets, AIPS Member
CHISINAU, April 5, 2017 - A new beginning in Moldovan sport was celebrated on Sunday, April 2, as duathlon made the first solid steps towards revival. The inaugural edition of the Kids Duathlon Championship organized at the stadium of National Technical University of Moldova gathered over 50 kids, who competed for the title of the champion in three age groups.

The youngest participants of the competition aged between 6 and 9 had to run a lap around the stadium and cycle 800 m, while their older counterparts had to do overcome an increasingly more difficult course in order to fight for the chance to earn the country's historic champion titles. The competition was judged by Iurie Ostashin, the country's most renown triathlete and Moldova's only IRONMAN.

The Triathlon Federation of Moldova was re-established in 2016, after the sport's governing body failed to develop the sport nation-wide and ceased functioning. The newly-created organization is led by Dorin Alexei, while Iurie Ostashin serves as the vice-president.

While the Federation has already organized an amateur indoor triathlon test event this winter, the Kids Championship became the first major step towards the organization of a junior duathlon/triathlon program. The inaugural edition of the duathlon for adults will be the biggest test for the national sport to date. The event is set to take place in the center of the Moldovan capital city of Chisinau on the 30th of April.

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