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Banned for Life Bulgarian Top Sprinter Naimova Goes Political

Politics » DOMESTIC | January 8, 2014, Wednesday // 10:47| Views: 992 | Comments: 8
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Bulgaria: Banned for Life Bulgarian Top Sprinter Naimova Goes Political Bulgarian sprinter Tezdzhan Naimova (R) announced she has joined the populist party "Bulgaria without Censorship", founded and led by controversial former TV host, Nikolay Barekov (L). Photo by Bulgaria without Censorship

Bulgarian sprinter Tezdzhan Naimova, who was imposed a life-long ban after her second doping offense was confirmed last year, has joined a new and controversial political project.

In an interview, circulated to the media, Naimova announced she has joined the populist party "Bulgaria without Censorship", founded and led by controversial former TV host, Nikolay Barekov.

"It all began with a phone call by Nikolay Barekov, who invited me to attend the founding forum of the party in the city of Veliko Tarnovo. The decisive factor for me was the trust that he has in me, even without knowing me personally,“ Naimova shared.

“I want to see Bulgaria changed. As an athelete I know one has to work hard to achieve one's goals.“

At the end of October last year Tezdzhan Naimova was stripped of her European indoor champion title and imposed a life-long ban after her second doping offense.

International Association of Athletics Federations upheld the decision to this effect, which Bulgaria’s athletics federation had taken in the middle of September.

Naimova was temporarily suspended at the beginning of June after testing positive for taking anabolic steroid Drostanolone at the European indoor championship in Gothenburg in March.

After reviewing the case, the Bulgarian athletics federation confirmed on September 17 the charges, imposing a life ban.

Naimova has been widely regarded as one of Bulgaria’s most promising athletes.

Bulgaria's Tezdzhan Naimova won the women's 60 race at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 7.10 seconds, nosing out Mariya Ryemyen of Ukraine.

France's Myriam Soumare was third, while Bulgaria’s Ivet Lalova ranked fourth.

At the beginning of 2009 Tezdzhan Naimova was banned for two years for manipulating a doping sample.

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#8
Behemoth - 10 Jan 2014 // 11:32:41

Bravo, Naimova! You cheated over the years successfully before being caught - of course with your credentials as a crook and cheat, you are the perfect candidate for the next parliamentary elections! Therefore your step is just consequent. I am wondering if you will become Minister of Sports or Minister of Health in the next Bulgarian government...Welcome to the nuthouse called Bulgaria!

#7
Caliguy - 9 Jan 2014 // 03:18:11

I know of a group of junkies that hang out in Drs. Garden maybe you could win them over too.

#6
Tania Oz - 8 Jan 2014 // 23:13:09

Ha ha Benkovski, I think you're on to something here. A new party "Bulgaria for Normal People". That sounds like a great idea and concept and it would be a first and something different from what we have to date.

#5
Benkovski - 8 Jan 2014 // 20:54:12

Help another idiot in the field.
Can I also start a party Bulgaria for Normal People!!
please vote for me.... sorry I cannot pay

#4
Tania Oz - 8 Jan 2014 // 15:52:12

"The decisive factor for me was the trust that he has in me, even without knowing me personally,“ Naimova shared."................Well that makes it at least 2 dopes in the Party.

#3
Just Watching - 8 Jan 2014 // 13:32:30

And yet another cheat wants to enter Bulgarian politics

#2
tromokrat - 8 Jan 2014 // 11:24:27

Another controversial figure in the party. But with such a leader (Mr. Barekov) what else can we expect.

#1
Seedy - 8 Jan 2014 // 11:10:37

"...I know one has to work hard to achieve one's goals...." - or just take drugs? ;)

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