Bulgaria's Ex Golden Girls Coach Runs for Federation Head
Bulgaria's rhythmic gymnastics coach Iliyana Raeva, who unexpectedly submitted her resignation on Wednesday, may be the next president of the country's federation.
This emerged on Friday when the Managing Board of Bulgaria's rhythmic gymnastics federation convened.
"My greatest desire and dream is to make rhythmic gymnastics the most popular sport in Bulgaria. This is the reason why I would hardly take on another post," commented the renowned coach.
Should she be elected, Raeva will replace Maria Gigova, who has made it clear she will not run for another term at the prestigious post.
Bulgaria's rhythmic gymnastics coach Iliyana Raeva unexpectedly submitted her resignation on Wednesday, exactly one month after the final day of 2012 Olympic Games.
The girls, who headed for London to grab gold medals, ranked at the disappointing sixth spot in the Olympic finals, saying the pressure was huge and they just could not cope with it.
Raeva however said on Wednesday her decision to drop the curtain on her coaching career, which features many fabulous moments, has nothing to do with the failure at the Olympic Games.
"I did my best, but I am not leaving because of the unsatisfactory Olympic ranking. I just want to do something new in my professional life.
Raeva will be replaced by Ina Ananieva, who worked so far as her deputy.
Iliana Raeva, herself one of the Golden Girls of Bulgaria that dominated Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1980's, competed in modern rhythmic gymnastics for her country from 1978 to 1982.
She relied on style and artistry, rather than excessively complex moves, with her 1980 ribbon routine to Zorba the Greek and clubs routine to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which remain outstanding examples of the sport.
After retiring from active competition she married Bulgarian world cup footballer Nasko Sirakov.
She was appointed head coach of the Bulgarian national rhythmic gymnastics team in 2008.