Bulgaria's Volleyball Mess Deepens

Sports | June 15, 2012, Friday // 14:57|  views

Bulgarian Sports Minister Svilen Neykov. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Sports Minister Svilen Neykov has stated that star player Matey Kaziyski may not boycott the upcoming Olympic tournament, adding that Martin Stoev is not be appointed as coach.

Several days ago, Kaziyski declared that he would not play for Bulgaria if Volleyball Federation head Dancho Lazarov does not resign.

On Thursday, the federation announced that Martin Stoev will take over as the team's new coach. However, it later stated that no such decision has been made.

"As far as I know, we will try to keep the team together and make sure all our boys play in 2012's Olympic Games in London. To my knowledge, there is no decision for the appointment of Martin Stoev as coach. There are enough ways for Matey Kaziyski to end up playing in the Olympic tournament," Svilen Neykov has said, as cited by Mediapool.

The national team's former coach Radostin Stoychev resigned on Monday, as he had declared that he would not lead the team in the Olympic games if Lazarov does not quit.

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."

The popular and successful coach harshly criticized the federation for its inefficient management, the scandals that have marred all championships, the inflated number of board members, the existence of fictitious clubs.

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Tags: Olympic Games, scandal, Federation, Dancho Lazarov, Radostin Stoychev, martin stoev, coach, volleyball, Svilen Neykov


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