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Lithuanian – Moldovan cooperation possibilities in the sports sphere discussed

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2015 05 05

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Lithuanian – Moldovan cooperation possibilities in the sports sphere discussed
Lithuanian – Moldovan cooperation possibilities in the sports sphere discussed

Today, Vice-Minister of the Interior Elvinas Jankevičius supervising the implementation of sports policy issues met with Moldova‘s Youth and Sports Minister Serghei Afanasenco.

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The meeting was also attended by Igor Klipii, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova; Genovaitė Paliušienė, Assistant to the Lithuanian Prime Minister; Aleksandras Pacevičius, President of the Lithuanian People with Disabilities Tennis Club; Kęstutis Bučinskas, Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of the Interior and Sigitas Stasiulis, Head of Strategy Division of the Department of Physical Education and Sports under the Government of the Republic of Lithuania.

Welcoming the guests, Vice-minister noted that this is the first official meeting of the heads of the two countries respective ministries supervising the sports sphere and expressed hope that cooperation in the future will be fruitful.

When describing the priorities of the sports policy, vice-minister Elvinas Jankevičius drew attention to Lithuania‘s great concern of the doping abuse, and of late – manipulations of sports games results. “Earlier, this phenomenon was hardly traceable, and it looked as if we do not have the relative evidence. However, after we started to observe deeper, it appeared that we haven’t avoided this threat”. Last autumn, Lithuania joined the Convention on the Fight against Match Results, and just a month ago, the interagency Agreement between the Ministry of the Interior, Police Department, Prosecutor’ Office, Gaming Control Authority and Department of Physical Education and Sports was concluded.

Minister Afanasenco noted that his country is also concerned about similar problems. Moldova is attaching   considerable attention to anti-doping policy and is also planning to join the Convention on the Fight against Match Results.  In this regard, the Minister expressed willingness to start bilateral cooperation in the said sphere and possibly - to initiate joint projects. Opinions were also exchanged on administration and financing aspects of sports as well as on the development of people with disabilities sports trends.

It was stated that both countries are facing similar challenges in the sports sphere and moving the same direction for the solutions sought. Exchange of experience and cooperation, therefore, both among the institutions and sports federations – could bring mutually welcome results.

I.Klipii, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova; S.Afanasenco, Moldova‘s Youth and Sports Minister;  A.Nicolenco, representattive of the Moldova‘s Youth and Sports Ministry   G.Paliušienė, Assistant to the Lithuanian Prime Minister; S.Stasiulis, Head of Division of the Department of Physical Education and Sports; E.Jankevičius, Vice-Minister of the Interior; A.Pacevičius, President of the Lithuanian People with Disabilities Tennis Club
I.Klipii, Ambassador of the Republic of Moldova; S.Afanasenco, Moldova‘s Youth and Sports Minister;  A.Nicolenco, representattive of the Moldova‘s Youth and Sports Ministry
 
G.Paliušienė, Assistant to the Lithuanian Prime Minister; S.Stasiulis, Head of Division of the Department of Physical Education and Sports; E.Jankevičius, Vice-Minister of the Interior; A.Pacevičius, President of the Lithuanian People with Disabilities Tennis Club