Nominees for Bulgarian Sports Personality of 2007 Announced

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Bulgaria: Nominees for Bulgarian Sports Personality of 2007 Announced Staviyski and Denkova are in the running after defending their world ice dancing title, but their prospects of retaining the award are clouded by the ongoing drunk driving lawsuit against Staviyski. File photo by Kameliya Atanasova (Sofia Photo Agency)

Nove Holding, the organiser and sponsor of Bulgaria's annual "Sports Personality of the Year" award, has announced the nominees in the running for this year's gong on Monday.

A total 11 athletes have been nominated for the 50th anniversary edition of the awards, with last year's winners, skaters Albena Denkova and Maxim Staviyski, again in the running after defending their world ice dancing champions title.

But their prospects of winning the award for the second year running are clouded by the ongoing drunk driving lawsuit against Staviyski.

Three wrestlers -Nikolay Gergov, Stanka Zlateva and Yavor Yanakiev - and two volleyball players - Matei Kaziyski and Plamen Konstantinov - are also among the nominees.

Weightlifter Ivan Stoitzov, twice-winner gymnast Yordan Yovchev, swimmer Petar Stoychev and rower Rumyana Neykova, who has already won the award once, round up the list.

Nove Holding has been organising the event since 1995, when it acquired the Sport newspaper that previously awarded the prize.

This year's winner will be announced on December 21.
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