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CHISINAU, January 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Moldovan Prime Minister Yuri Lianke will lead the Moldovan delegation to the Sochi-2014 Winter Olympic Games in February.
Nikolai Pyatak, the deputy chairman of Moldova’s National Olympic Committee, told journalists on Tuesday that the Moldovan national squad would include five athletes, most of whom are foreigners who have been granted the Moldovan citizenship to be able to represent Moldova in Sochi.
According to Pyatak, the list includes Moldovan skiers Alexander Kamenshchik and Viktor Pynzaru; Alpine Skiers Georg Lindner (Austria) and Mirko Deflorian (Italy) as well as a Romanian tobogganist.
“All of them trained in Switzerland, Norway, Austria and Italy in autumn and winter alongside with taking part in competitions in those countries,” Pyatak went on to say.
Although Moldovan athletes are not so strong in winter sports, they took part in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer (Norway). Eighth place has been the best Olympic result for Moldova. Russian biathlon athlete Natalya Levchenkova who competed for Moldova at the 2006 Torino Olympic Games (Italy) was eighth in the individual race.
This year, the Moldovan government has allocated approximately 38,000 dollars for the training of Olympic athletes. Moldovan athletes are the first to get financial assistance.