Bulgaria's Sports Minister Denies 'Olympic Failure'

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Sports Minister Denies 'Olympic Failure' Bulgarian Sports Minister Svilen Neykov has opposed claims that the performance of the Bulgarian athletes at the London Olympics amounted to a failure. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Sports Minister Svilen Neykov has opposed claims that the performance of the Bulgarian team at the London Olympics amounted to a failure.

"I cannot say that our performance was disappointing. Given the dilapidated sports infrastructure, the two medals are a success. We are already working to upgrade the facilities. We are starting with sports schools and sports clubs and we shall reach the stage of professional sport," Neykov said Monday, as cited by dnevnik.bg.

"You saw that in many of the sports we just lacked a bit of luck. The ranking of the volleyball team is a step in the right direction. We had a successful performance in rhythmic gymnastics and in weightlifting. Unfortunately, the wrestlers did not match the initial expectations. We are yet to analyze our overall performance so that we can take the necessary steps," he added.

Bulgaria's Sports Minister emphasized that the different sports federations would be subject to stricter control as regards spending their resources.

"All athletes and coaches must know in advance what sum they will get. Our aim is to have training programs and plans prepared in advance. I believe that this could make our expectations of our sportspeople more realistic. It is not easy to win quota places nowadays. I think that our athletes put huge efforts to get to the London Olympics and therefore deserve respect," Neykov concluded.

Bulgaria ranked 63rd in the London 2012 Olympic Games, with a total of 2 medals – one silver and one bronze.

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mattbg - 15 Aug 2012 // 08:43:44

that's a very strange method to me.

why would GDP per capita affect medals? should we expect Switzerland to reap record numbers of gold medals because they have a lot of cash?

A more accurate measure would be total investment in olympic sports. team GB would perhaps come out of this even worse overall - the case of 4 million invested to produce one wrestler who was out in the first round as a good example, but i think Russia would also suffer. Bulgarias 2 medals may well end up with them very high up the list by that rating.

mattbg - 14 Aug 2012 // 17:14:47

well i'm sure you'll agree then that the very first "sports" to go must be the ones where there is no clear "winner" - fastest, furthest, best etc, and they're relying on judging panels to give points for wrestling maneuvers, or style and grace in gymnastics or diving?

if you remove those silly "sports" or more apt perhaps "artistic entertainment shows", you'll in fact find GB won 46 medals to Russias 42, and 22 golds to Russias 10.

this includes removing all equestrian events, not just the ones with the judging of horsey prancing, so in fact GB probably did even better.

Why by the way did you include cycling and tennis in the "mickey mouse" events, and not rhythmic gymnastics? just to suit your own idiotic argument?

silly silly gleeky.

Gleeky - 14 Aug 2012 // 15:29:27

Yeah - right on! Let's have 7 billion (and counting) events so EVERYONE can have a meaningless Olympic Gold Medal.

You're right about the "pointless" bit - but those pointless examples were yours, not mine.

mattbg - 14 Aug 2012 // 14:31:45

trolling as usual Gleeky?

you could accuse just about any sport of being "mickey mouse".

swimming? why not just have 100m freestyle? all those other strokes are slower and idiotic.

athletics - what on earth are they doing putting those silly hurdles in the way for? it's not a damn assault course.

weight lifting - 5 different ways of lifting a bit of metal? choose one and stick to it.

boxing,wrestling, judo etc. - if you're not heavyweight, why should you get a chance? we don't have javelin for midgets, or gymnastics for fatties, so why have different weight bands for boxing?

the list is endless, and if you choose to start making those comparisons, utterly pointless. sporting achievement should be celebrated for all sports and for all categories.

and i personally would LOVE to see gymnastics for the clinically obese.

Gleeky - 14 Aug 2012 // 12:20:21

Well, if you take away the medals for the "Mickey Mouse" events which have no place in the Olympics, like sailing, horse-dancing, tennis, cycling etc then Russia did a lot better than Team GB.

Congratulations to Russia for excelling in REAL Olympic sports!

sa-sha - 14 Aug 2012 // 11:25:24

Peter, first of all Russians (at least me) congratulate British athlets. As for Russians who "should be worried", I'm not sure. Imho not the number of the Olympic gold medals is the main: "not winning but participation". Still my sincere congratulations once again.

peterperfect - 14 Aug 2012 // 09:26:41

2 medals for a country with a population of 7m is not bad, of course it would be good to come away with 5 or 10 but this needs investment. Look, even Russia came in under the UK and they have several times the UK population, they should be worried. Let's get the investment in sport and then let's see how the country does in Rio.

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