A sports field in a living area of Tiraspol has been reconstructed with the financial support of the European Union. On the field, there could be organized competitions between local teams, as well as with participation of children and adults from other localities, including from the right bank of the Nistru River.
The sports field, reconstructed within the European Union Confidence Building Measures Program, implemented by UNDP, was inaugurated on 26 August, IPN reports, quoting a press release of UNDP Moldova.
“During these challenge period due to COVID-19, we are glad to be able to bring to children in Tiraspol an opportunity to find close to the place they live in an area where they can socialize through sport while respecting social distance,” Peter Michalko, Ambassador of the European Union to the Republic of Moldova, said at the opening ceremony.
The project was coordinated by Anatoli Kovalsky, 47, a former sportsperson. He has been practicing kayaking in Ukraine since he was 13 years old. He came back to Tiraspol, and decided to inspire young people, by his own example, to have a healthy lifestyle and choose sports.
“Statistics show that in recent years up to 35% of children who go to school already have chronic diseases. That is why it is important to promote the healthy lifestyle,” said Anatoli Terzi, manager of the EU Confidence Building Measures Program, implemented by UNDP.
The reconstruction of the sports field in Tiraspol is one of 16 social infrastructure projects, implemented since 2019 on both banks. The projects were selected through a public call.