Bulgarian Olympic Committee
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|Secretary General||Belcho Goranov|
The Bulgarian Olympic Committee (Bulgarian: Български олимпийски комитет, Balgarski olimpiyski komitet; abbreviated as БОК, BOC) is a non-profit organization serving as the National Olympic Committee of Bulgaria and a part of the International Olympic Committee. It was formed on 30 March 1923 (with Bulgaria participating in the Olympic Games since the first modern Olympiad in 1896) and disbanded between September 1944 and 1952, since when it has continuously represented the country in the Olympic movement.
For the first modern Olympics 1896 first athletes was Bulgarian gymnasts Panayot Belev, Iliya Penchev, Dimitar Iliev and Charles Champaud. The head of the delegation was Todor Yonchev. Only Charles Champaud competed in the Olympics in 3 disciplines of gymnastics.
On 30 March 1923, at the initiative of the Ministry of War, the Bulgarian Olympic Committee was organized. Eftim Kitanchev was elected chairman. The goal of the BOC is to organize the contestants for participation in the Olympics in Paris in 1924. Four athletes, seven cyclists and two athletes, as well as the national football team, are leaving Bulgaria. General Vladimir Stoichev ranked 11th in horseback riding of 99 participants.
In 1929 Velizar Lazarov was appointed chairman of the BOC, which was the base of the first Balkanistan in Sofia in 1931.
After 9 September, 1944 the property of BOC was taken away and the organization was disbanded. In 1951 the BOC was restored and a gene was elected as chairman. Vladimir Stoychev. The first Olympic medal in Bulgaria won in 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki - the bronze medal of boxer Boris Georgiev - Mokata. The first Olympic gold medal was won by Nicholas Stanchev in free wrestling in Olympic Games 1956 in Melbourne. In Australia, three more silver medals are won: Dimitar Dobrev and Petko Sirakov in classical struggle and Yusein Mehmedov in freestyle wrestling and a bronze medal for the national football team .
The Bulgarian Olympic participants have a total of 51 gold, 85 silver and 77 bronze medals. Bulgarian best performance at the Olympics was in 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow, where the country ranks 3rd in the medals with 8 gold, 16 silver and 17 bronze medals. In 2005, a scandal broke out with the chairman of BOC Ivan Slavkov, who was accused of bribery. On 7 July, 2005, he was removed from the chair of the BOC and from his IOC membership. Since 11 November, 2005, BOC President has been the Olympic champion of Atlanta in 1996. Stefka Kostadinova.
List of presidents
The Bulgarian National Federations are the organizations that coordinate all aspects of their individual sports. They are responsible for training, competition and development of their sports. There are currently 29 Olympic Summer and 7 Winter Sport Federations in Bulgaria.