Bulgarian Weightlifter Caught Doping Becomes Soldier

Sports | November 27, 2008, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 3
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Bulgarian Weightlifter Caught Doping Becomes Soldier: Bulgarian Weightlifter Caught Doping Becomes Soldier Bulgarian weightlifter Ivaylo Filev has enrolled in the army, where he is to serve until his 4-year ban to compete expires. Photo by Darik News

One of the Bulgarian weightlifters who were caught doping and missed the Olympics in Beijing has enrolled in the army, where he is to serve until his 4-year ban to compete expires.

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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mapko217 - 21 Dec 2008 // 04:55:27

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.

buachaill bo - 28 Nov 2008 // 00:01:56

For once i totally agree with you and anyone who joins an army has to be really dumb.

FIGMENT - 27 Nov 2008 // 16:28:20

Well, at least he will get to eat while in the army, and the army life will keep him strong. Evidently he is too dumb to get a job.

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