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Bulgaria’s Kaliakra boycott Levski game over referee appointment

Bulgaria’s Kaliakra boycotted their league match with Levski Sofia on Saturday in protest over the appointment of a referee for another weekend game.

Relegation-threatened Kaliakra were furious when Ivaylo Stoyanov was put in charge of the game between ninth-placed Cherno More Varna and CSKA Sofia, who are third, on Sunday.

Kaliakra complained about Stoyanov’s refereeing of their 1-0 home defeat by Slavia Sofia at the end of February and called for him to be punished by the Bulgarian federation.

“Instead of imposing a heavy ban on Stoyanov, the Bulgarian Football Union (BFU) “rewards” him with the appointment for such a crucial match,” Kaliakra boss Tsonko Tsonev said.

The BFU refereeing commission refused to replace Stoyanov.

Tsonev, who is also mayor of the Black sea town of Kavarna, informed match officials that the lack of ambulances available for the game was the formal reason for Saturday’s cancellation.

“I’m saddened to announce that there’s no ambulance at the stadium due to technical reasons,” Tsonev told the local bTV Action station that broadcasts Bulgarian league games.

Kaliakra instead organised an unofficial ‘friendly’ in which Levski midfielder Daniel Dimov suffered an ankle injury and had to be taken to hospital in a security car.

 

CLUBS REVOLT

Six top-flight teams, including Kaliakra, gathered in the capital city Sofia on Wednesday to express their opposition to the way they claim to have been treated by the BFU with local media calling the meeting “a revolt of the small clubs”.

“They should stop mocking us,” Tsonev said. “Basta (Enough) — as they say in Italian. We have to react in some way.”

Pirin Blagoevgrad and Vidima-Rakovski, the bottom two sides in the 16-team standings, supported Kaliakra’s boycott by delaying their league matches by several minutes on Saturday.

Earlier this week, referee Nikolay Yordanov was banned for two months after making mistakes in champions Litex Lovech’s 2-1 win at relegation-threatened Pirin.

“We’ll continue our protest if the BFU continues with their outrages,” Pirin president Emil Nakov said.

The BFU will discuss possible sanctions against Kaliakra next week and Levski are likely to be awarded a 3-0 win.

Kaliakra are 14th with 16 points from 18 matches. Levski are second on 38, eight points behind leaders Litex.

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BULGARIA COUNTS ON GOLF DEVELOPMENT, RETAIL RENAISSANCE TO RECOVER

Bulgaria has vowed to bring back the incentives for investors in golf courses, malls, hotels and spa complexes as the country is trying to stay competitive and keep low the unemployment rate.
The incentives will be provided under amendments to the Law for encouraging investments, which will offer a wide range of bonuses for investors in projects that are worth over BGN 100,000 and create at least 200 jobs.
The package includes the issuing of an investor’s certificate, the sale of a land slot at a minimum price, fast services, covering expenses for the installation of electricity and water sewage channels.
Bulgaria is expected to be set for a boom in mall and golf development.
The economic crisis in the past year proved fertile for the malls and discount retailers stepping on Bulgarian soil in recent months and the country is expected to see their boom in 2010.
Retailers, including Carrefour, Lidl Stiftung & Co. KG of Germany and Slovenia’s Mercator Poslovni Sistem d.d., want to shore up flagging sales at home by expanding in Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member.
The country, which fell behind other former-communist nations in raising living standards, offers better growth prospects than neighbors, whose more- developed markets are becoming saturated, while investors enjoy lower wages and costs.
Golf was considered a sport of the capitalist elite and banned in Eastern Europe under the rule of communist regimes — but in the 20 years since the Berlin Wall has fallen there has been a renaissance of the game in the region.
With rising disposable income and an increasing interest in leisure pursuits, a growing number of courses, more television coverage and availability of EU funds, the future of the industry in Eastern Europe is bright.
Bulgaria is one country where the sport is on the up as it tries to fulfil the increasing domestic demand and attract more tourists to the region..
Bulgaria’s government expects the economy to grow about 1% in 2010 after shrinking 5.1%. That compares with an estimated 0.2% contraction in Hungary, and growth rates of 0.6% in Slovenia and 1.3% in the Czech Republic. Novinite.com

Ferguson ‘wants Berbatov out and Benzema in’

It’s the news many Man Utd fans have been longing for, and it’s got nothing to do with Gary Neville promising to shave off his little moustache. No, according to the Sun, Sir Alex Ferguson has reached the end of his tether as far as Dimitar Berbatov is concerned and will offload the striker at the end of the season.

Berbatov joined United from Spurs in September 2008 in a £30.75m deal, but the 29-year-old has since failed to live up to expectations. Such is Ferguson’s lack of faith in Berbatov, reports the Sun, that against Bayern Munich last week he went with a crocked Wayne Rooney rather than risk his bungling Bulgarian. Berbatov has started the last two league games for United – the defeat to Chelsea and Sunday’s goalless draw with Blackburn – but hasn’t come close to finding the net.

The Sun says that Fergie will show Berbatov the door and then leave it open in the hope that Karim Benzema might choose to wander in. Even though, as reported by The First Post yesterday, the Real Madrid frontman has pledged his loyalty to his Spanish employers in a recent interview, Ferguson remains hopeful that he can entice the 22-year-old Frenchman to Old Trafford.

Allegedly the United boss has put aside £25m for Benzema, £10m less than Real gave Lyon last year for his services.

Drug Free Weightlifting World Champion Mariyana Marinova first VIP passenger to fly with Sofia International.

January 2, 2010 1 comment

Mariyana Marinova, the current Drug Free Power Lifting World Champion (Milton Keynes 14 Nov 2009) under 54kg and triple World Record Holder, was the first VIP passenger aboard the new Berlin-Sofia-Berlin Flight www.sofia-international.de on December 23rd. Mariyana is currently based at the Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Germany.  http://www.mariyana-marinova.de.tl/.

Mariyana is also Vice President of the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation.

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Bulgaria New PM Borisov Sacks 4 Ministries, Adds 2 in GERB Cabinet

Novinite – Bulgaria’s incoming Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov, who formally presented Thursday the Ministers in his new cabinet, has changed the structure of the Bulgarian government.

Borisov has removed four of the Ministries in the Stanishev government of the three-way coalition.

In his new cabinet does not include a Ministry of State Administration (headed by Nikolay Vasilev in the Stanishev government), and a Ministry of Emergency Situations (formerly headed by Emel Etem).

Borisov has also sacked the positions of Ministers in charge of EU Affairs (formerly headed by Gergana Passy), and of the Deputy Minister in charge of the absorption of EU funds (headed by the special Deputy PM Meglena Plugchieva in the Stanishev government. 1

However, the GERB leader and new PM, Boyko Borisov, has created a brand-new Ministry of Sports out of the State Youth and Sports Agency, which will be headed by Svilen Neykov, a long-time Bulgarian rowing champion and coach, and husband of Bulgaria’s 2008 Beijing Olympics golds medalist Rumyana Neykova.

Borisov has also created the position of a Minister without a portfolio to be occupied by the Director of the Bulgarian National History Museum Bozhidar Dimitrov; Dimitrov is going to be responsible for the Bulgarians abroad.

In addition, Borisov has restructured the former Ministry of Economy and Energy to include the former State Tourism Agency.

Thus, the new structure is the Ministry of Economy, Energy, and Tourism. It will be headed by Traycho Traykov, who is the big surprise in the list of Ministers announced by Borisov on Thursday.

American Vonn extends Super-G streak, World Cup lead

Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., won her fourth consecutive super-giant-slalom race Sunday and promised to chase more trophies on the women’s World Cup circuit after a successful stop in Bansko, Bulgaria.

“There is no conservative skiing for me,” the 24-year-old Vonn said. “I have to be really aggressive — that’s my strategy.”

After three races in Bulgaria, the defending overall World Cup champion widened her lead in the standings to 391 points over second-place Maria Riesch of Germany. Vonn also moved into contention for the Super-G season trophy a day after clinching the downhill title, joining Picabo Street as the only Americans to win back-to-back downhill titles.

Vonn won the Super-G in 1 minute, 14.49 seconds, sweeping aside concerns caused by an injured thumb and a bruising fall in training three days earlier. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland was second, 0.58 seconds behind.

“I think all my disciplines are better this year,” Vonn said. “Super-G has been the best season in my life, above and beyond what I expected this year.”

Vonn has been competing with her right thumb in a splint since she required surgery after slicing a tendon on a champagne bottle while celebrating after winning a gold medal at the world championships in Val d’Isere, France, last month.

“It’s definitely very painful when I’m starting and also in slalom,” she said. “I think it also affects my balance. I was able to win today. I’m happy that it’s not holding me back too much.”

Lizeroux triumphs: Julien Lizeroux of France won a men’s World Cup slalom in Kranjska Gora, Slovenia, for his second victory of the season.

Ivica Kostelic of Croatia finished 11th and retained a narrow lead in the overall standings. Kostelic has 837 points, two more than Benjamin Raich of Austria.

Americans excel at nordic worlds: The United States entered the nordic world championships in Liberec, Czech Republic, in the usual fashion, with modest goals. One medal might have been perceived as a success.

But the Americans collected six medals, including four golds. In the 35 previous world championships since 1925, the U.S. won a total of three medals — a gold, a silver and a bronze. The U.S. gold medalists this year were two-time winner Todd Lodwick, Lindsey Van and Bill Demong.

“It’s absolutely incredible to have six world-championships medals. I’m speechless,” said Lodwick, who is from Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Bobsled

Holcomb is golden: Steven Holcomb took “The Night Train” to the top of the podium at the world championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., lifting the weight of a 50-year drought from the U.S. men’s team.

Holcomb was the class of the field on all four runs of the four-man competition at Mount Van Hoevenberg and piloted the black USA-1 sled to the gold medal. It was the first triumph for the United States in four-man at the world championships since Arthur Tyler won in St. Moritz, Switzerland, in 1959.

“I can’t believe, finally, after 50 years we got it done,” Holcomb said. “We were definitely the team to beat today. It all came together.”

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/othersports/2008800721_digs02.html