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Nominations for 2003 Best Bulgarian Sports Figures

Nominations for 2003 Best Bulgarian Sports Figures

12/22/2003 12:00:00 AM

Yordan Yovchev is the sportsman of Bulgaria for the year 2003, and Plamen Markov is appointed the best coach of the year. The awards were handed to them by the President of Bulgaria, Georgi Purvanov, at an official ceremony held at the National History Museum in Sofia yesterday.
The gymnast Yordan Yovchev got 2230 points in the opinion research of Bulgarian sports journalists, and thus got ahead of another most popular sportsman, the wrestler Armen Nazarian. 258 journalists from 100 medias altogether participated in the research ? and 80 sportsmen representing 30 kinds of sports got nominations. Yordan Yovchev is winner for the second time after his best sportsman award in 2001. He is a world champion of both standing exercises and rings from the world gymnastics championship in Anaheim.
A bit disappointed, taking the second place, was the world and European wrestling champion Armen Nazarian, while third remained the world and European weightlifting champion Milen Dobrev. Nazarian was ranked second last year as well. The President Georgi Purvanov?s words were that he would personally place both the eminent sportsmen, Yovchev and Nazarian, side by side on the first place as the best sportsmen of the year.
The Bulgarian football national team coach, Plamen Markov, was unanimously appointed the best coach of the year. He won with the respectful amount of 138 points. Journalists from 39 medias participated in the opinion research ? and 18 coaches representing 13 kinds of sports got nominations. Second remained the weightlifting team coach Plamen Asparouhov, with 86 points. Third is the basketball expert Petko Marinov, who led the Lukoil Academic basketball team to their champion?s title.
The winners, the gymnast Yordan Yovchev and the coach Plamen Markov, both left the ceremony driving their new Mercedes cars ? awards provided by the fund ?Lotto Winnings Unasked ??.

 

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