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Sergiu Ciobanu trying to fund Rio 2016 Olympics training through crowdfunding

Sergiu Ciobanu has turned to crowdfunding to finance his 100-120 miles of weekly training in preparation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games this summer.

Originating from Moldova, Ciobanu, 32, has already achieved the qualifying standard for this year's Olympic Marathon and is now putting everything he has into achieving Irish success against the world's best endurance athletes.

The part-time Physical Therapist joined to raise the money he will need to stop working altogether and focus entirely on Olympic success.

With two weeks left of his campaign, he has raised more than 70% of his target, but that's not enough.

“I am making plans to do my best to represent Ireland at the greatest sporting event on the earth,” said Ciobanu. “I'm a qualified physical therapist and work part-time, but to compete against the world's best marathon runners I plan to take time off work and train full-time, which nowadays can be very expensive.

“I don't get funding from any organisation, and don't know if I will ever get any, but I have to plan my 2016 route to the Rio Olympic Games.

“The reason I have taken to PledgeSports is to raise funding which will go towards the cost of training camps abroad. I need help to fund warm weather training camps this month and next, followed by altitude camps in May, June, and July, prior to the European Track and Field Championships and, the big one, the Rio Olympic Games.

“Anything anyone can give would make a huge impact on my route to Rio, and I would really appreciate any support in making this happen.”

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