Dinamo Bucharest had an auspicious start in the new edition of the Champions League in men’s handball, grabbing a 26-24 win in their debut match against Norwegian opponents Elverum Handball. Counting towards the competition’s Group D, the match was hosted by the Dinamo Hall in Bucharest this past Wednesday.
Dinamo’s Tunisian handballer Amine Bannour was the top scorer for the game, with five goals on his record sheet. Dinamo’s next scheduled fixture is the match against Spanish opponents Abanca Ademar Léon on September 22nd.
At the World Rowing Championships in Bulgaria, Romania’s coxed eight crews will take the repechage races. On Wednesday, the women’s coxed eight crew came in 4th, which was the bottom position in the repechage second series. The Romanians were outclassed by the crews of Australia, Great Britain and New Zealand. In the men’s race, the Romanian crew also came in 4th, again in the second series, being outperformed by Germany, Italy and the Netherlands.
Two wrestlers of Russian nationality were granted Romanian citizenship on Wednesday. Zurab Kapraev and Nikolai Okhlopkov were personally handed in the citizenship certificates by the Romanian Sports and Youth Minister Ioana Bran. Three other athletes were granted Romanian citizenship at the request of the Romanian Wrestling Federation. Of these athletes, Albert Saritov was the recipient of the greatest number of medals, being a freestyle silver medalist at the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016, in the 97 kilogram category. Also granted the Romanian citizenship were the Ukrainian athletes Kateryna Sassa and Kateryna Zhydachevska.
Immediately after the oath-taking ceremony for Kapraev and Okhlopkov, Romanian Wrestling Federation president Răzvan Pîrcălabu stated that naturalisation was a short-term policy, whose eventual aim was to bring wrestling center-stage among the world’s sports disciplines. Pircalabu went on to say naturalization was a normal procedure for all countries holding a prominent position in the field of sports, and only athletes capable of winning Olympic medals were granted Romanian citizenship.
(translated by: Eugen Nasta)