Vesela Letcheva

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Vesela Letcheva
Personal information
Full nameVesela Nikolaeva Lecheva
BornMay 20, 1964 (1964-05-20) (age 59)
Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria
Medal record
Women's shooting
Representing  Bulgaria
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 1988 Seoul 50 m rifle 3 positions
Silver medal – second place 1992 Barcelona 10 m air rifle

Vessela Letcheva was born in Veliko Tarnovo on 20 th of May 1964. She lives in Sofia. She is a shooting sport athlete, president of the Bulgarian Shooting Union, member of the IOC.

Commission, member of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee (BOC), former MP, chairman of the State Agency for Youth and Sports 2005-2009 and acting Minister of Youth and sports in the first and second government of Galab Donev.

Vessela Letcheva  is a graduate of the National Sports Academy. She has a PhD /2009/ in Theory and methodology of physical education and sports training. Her thesis is on topic: A study of the situational psychological and physical preparation of sports shooting competitors. [1]

Sports career[edit]

Vessela Letcheva is a shooting sport athlete and her personal coach was her father – Nikolay Letchev, one of the best and most successful experts in the world. He was awarded a special diploma for best shooting coach of the century for his contributions to shooting sport by the International Federation in 2007 in Munich.

Letcheva started shooting practices when she was 11. Before that she was e volleyball player in her home city.

The highest achievement in her career are the two silver medals from the Olympic Games. She won the Silver medal in the 50 m rifle 3 pos in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and10 m air rifle in 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.

She is a five-time world champion – Zuhl 1986 /two gold medals/, Budapest 1987, Sarajevo 1989, Moscow – 1990. Letcheva holds the record for the most world titles in women's rifle Olympic events. She is 4 times winner of the World Cup, along with 3 more silver and 2 bronze medals /1986-1999//

According to the statistics of the International Shooting Sports Federation, Vessela Letcheva is the shooter with the most titles and medals won in World Cup tournaments in the history of sport with 31 gold, 13 silver and 11 bronze medals between 1985-1999. Letcheva won 8 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals at European championships.

She was chosen as the number 1 shooter in the world of the 20th century in the World. Shooting Sport Federation poll. She was the athlete of the year in Bulgaria in 1989.

Vessela Letcheva is the President of the Bulgarian Shooting Federation since 2022, re-elected in July 2023. [2]

Vessela Letcheva was chosen as a member of the Public Affairs and CorporateCommunications Commission /International Olympic Committee/ in October 2023. [3]

Political career[edit]

Vessela Letcheva was a Member of Bulgarian Parlaiment in the 39 th /2001-2005/, 40 th /2005-2009/ and 45 th /2017-2021/ National Assembly from the citizen quota of the BulgarianSocialist Party. [4]

As a member of parliament, she was the vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee on Children, Youth and Sports /2017-2021/ and also vice-chairperson of the Standing Committee on Social Policy.

Chairperson of the State Agency for Youth and Sports /2005-2009/ in the government of Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev. Under her leadership, the institution became the driving force of numerous programs aimed at giving access to sports for kids, as well as for the support and development of young sports talents - such as “Learn to ski”, “Learn to play tennis”, “Learn to swim”. These programs are active and popular to this day. [5]

The was Minister of Youth and Sports in the governments of Prime Minister Galab Donev /August 2022 – June 2023/. 8 Within the term of office of Minister Vessela Letcheva, one of the largest halls in the country “Arena Burgas” was opened after many years of problems with the investment, the developer and the deadlines. During the mandate of Vesela Lecheva, the state became a co-shareholder with the CSKA football club and began the procedure for the renovation of the Bulgarian Army Stadium, which is CSKA's football home. [6]

Another important innovation in the mandate of Minister Letcheva was the new policy which was implemented regarding Bulgarian coaches and their pay, so that the best specialists could remain working in the country.

She was awarded the title of Honorary Citizen of Veliko Tarnovo. [7]

Personal life[edit]

Vessela Letcheva has a son.


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