|More than 40 sports activities, from
the popular national soccer to oina, an old Romanian game similar
to baseball, are played in Romania.
Romania first participated in the Olympic Games in 1924. Since then, Romanian sportsmen and women have won numerous honours both in the Olympics and in other world sports events. Athletics, gymnastics, boxing, target shooting, kayaking and boating are some of the events in which Romania has frequently won gold medals in the Olympic Games.
|Two famous names in the world of sports are Nadia Comaneci, a gymnast and Ilie Nastase a tennis player. Romanian athletes are famous for football and weight lifting. There are sport schools to train athletes.||
|Open-air activities like hiking and
cycling are popular with some people. Exploring caves is another pastime
actively pursued by many. Water sports like wind surfing, water skiing
and scuba diving are enjoyed in the tourist area of the Black Sea. Rivers
and lakes attract canoeists.
People also like to go to restaurants and bars for leisure. Many offer traditional food, folk music and dance.