Bulgarian President Ends 5th in Diplomatic Ski RaceSports | March 10, 2012, Saturday // 17:44| views
Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev (center), took part in the third edition of the ski race for the Foreign Ministry Cup. Photo by BTA
Bulgarian President, Rosen Plevneliev, ended fifth Saturday in the traditional diplomatic ski race in the winter resort of Bansko, organized by the Bulgarian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Plevneliev arrived in Bansko as early as Friday to try the tracks and practice. He voice the ambition to win the cup, but ranked at the fifth spot, after the "eternal" winner, Slovakia's Ambassador to Bulgaria, Karol Mistrik, triumphed in the contest for the third time in its third edition.
In the aftermath, the President joked that we would work hard to make "Mistrik's life difficult."
On a serious note, Plevneliev stated that in 10 years Bulgaria would turn into a very strong destination where all forms of tourism – cultural, historical, SPA, countryside, sea, and winter – will thrive. He pointed out he saw his participation in the race as a symbol of mass sport and appealed to all to benefit from Bulgaria's beautiful mountains and resorts.
Ambassador of Germany, Matthias Hopfner, is second, followed by Deputy Minister of Economy and Energy, Dimitar Tchohadzhiev, who beat his boss Minister, Traicho Traikov. Traikov ended forth in the race.
The competition was held in the presence of ambassadors from over ten countries, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Group of the ruling Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria party, GERB, Krasimir Velchev, and many winter sports lovers.
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