Bulgarian Men's Volleyball Coach May Quit amid Conflict with Federation

Sports | June 11, 2012, Monday // 14:46
Bulgaria: Bulgarian Men's Volleyball Coach May Quit amid Conflict with Federation Matey Kaziyski (R) during Bulgaria's recent game agaisnt Slovenia (3:0). Photo by BGNES

Bulgarian men's national volleyball coach Radostin Stoychev may resign despite successfully qualifying his team for the Olympic Games.

On Monday, Stoychev and key player Matey Kaziyski met with Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov. The coach told reporters that he would announce whether he would stay at the team's helm at a press conference later that day.

Stoychev is in a bitter conflict with Bulgarian Volleyball Federation head, Dancho Lazarov. He recently declared that he will not lead the team at the Olympic tournament if Lazarov does not resign.

Stoychev was dismissed by the federation on May 13, a day after his team was defeated by Germany in the second semifinal of the 2012 Olympic Games-European Qualification Tournament in Sofia. Lazarov claimed that Stoychev's team "lost deliberately."

Bulgarian volleyball fans seem to be overwhelmingly opposing Lazarov, as numerous posters could be spotted during the team's latest games demanding his resignation.

Kaziyski may also skip the Olympic tournament if the volleyball federation head does not quit.

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