Bulgaria Ex Golden Girls Coach Sets Up Party with Olympic AmbitionsDomestic | June 18, 2013, Tuesday // 17:06| views
The new party, called “United Bulgaria”, is getting wide support from Bulgarian communities all over the world and has the ambition to put an end to the era of dirty politics, Raeva says. Photo by BGNES
Bulgaria's former rhythmic gymnastics coach Iliyana Raeva, who set off on a political career earlier this year, will officially establish her party on June 22.
The new party, called “United Bulgaria”, is getting wide support from Bulgarian communities all over the world and has the ambition to put an end to the era of dirty politics, Raeva says.
The event for its official establishment will take place at 11 o’clock at the National Palace of Culture.
“My aim is to unite Bulgaria. I believe I have the qualities and potential to do that,” Raeva said recently, adding that she will not rely on popular faces only to promote the new party.
Bulgaria's rhythmic gymnastics coach Iliyana Raeva unexpectedly submitted her resignation in the middle of September 2012, exactly one month after the final day of 2012 Olympic Games.
The girls, who headed for London to grab gold medals after making spectacular performances at the World Cup tournament, ranked at the disappointing sixth spot in the Olympic finals, saying the pressure was huge and they just could not cope with it.
Raeva however said her decision to drop the curtain on her coaching career, which features many fabulous moments, has nothing to do with the failure at the Olympic Games.
As head of the country’s federation, she replaced Maria Gigova, who made it clear she will not run for another term at the prestigious post and who was frequently and harshly criticized by her successor.
Iliana Raeva, herself one of the Golden Girls of Bulgaria that dominated Rhythmic Gymnastics in 1980's, competed in modern rhythmic gymnastics for her country from 1978 to 1982.
She relied on style and artistry, rather than excessively complex moves, with her 1980 ribbon routine to Zorba the Greek and clubs routine to Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which remain outstanding examples of the sport.
After retiring from active competition she married Bulgarian world cup footballer Nasko Sirakov.
She was appointed head coach of the Bulgarian national rhythmic gymnastics team in 2008.
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