Bulgarian Weightlifter Caught Doping Becomes Soldier
According to sources, the sports club in the town of Isperih did not help Ivaylo Filev to find a permanent job after the ban and the 21-year-old weightlifter had no choice but to become a paid soldier.
Filev competes in the 62 kg category and has participated in a world championship winning a bronze medal.
In June during a training camp the entire Olympic team of eleven Bulgarian weightlifters tested positive for the anabolic steroid methandienone and did not travel to Beijing.
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I retired from the U.S. Army with a full pension when I was 38 (after 20 years service). I have free health care for life and a monthly pension. The military also paid for my college education. I am also in great physical shape. Maybe the military isn't for everyone. But I am still young and I don't ever have to work again. So I feel like I made a wise choice. That said, I don't know anything about retirement, health, and educational benefits from the Bulgarian armed forces.