Sport – loving diplomats invited to MAE Cup

The draws for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) Cup, a sports competition that will take place at the Diplomatic Club in Bucharest on May 15-30, took place on Wednesday within MAE headquarters. This is the 8th edition of the Cup that gives Romanian and foreign diplomats the chance to compete in several sport events: football, basketball, badminton, tennis and table tennis. The draws were coordinated by Oana Marinescu, general director of the Public Diplomacy Office within MAE.

Oana Marinescu stated for Agerpres that approximately 500 persons have signed up for this edition. Most of the participants will compete in football (210), with the rest settling for tennis (101), basketball (90), table tennis (65) and badminton (35).

Last year 15 teams took part in the football competition and 9 in the basketball competition. Over 500 participants signed up last year – diplomats, administrative personnel and guests. 17 pairs competed in the tennis doubles event, while 57 players competed in the tennis singles event. 75 players signed up for table tennis and 40 for badminton. The MAE Cup, whose media partner is Agerpres, promotes the importance of fair-play and mutual respect between people, countries and cultures in the context of a heated competition; contributes to the development of interpersonal relationships between the Romanian and foreign diplomats and to promoting Romania among the foreign diplomats assigned in Bucharest.

The Cup helps create a better understanding of diplomatic activity and of the role that actors other than diplomats – such as private companies – play in promoting a state. Organized for the first time in 2003, the MAE Cup has become the diplomatic community’s most expected event.

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