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The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski's secret story Kindle Edition
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But this story doesn’t start there. It starts in a Sao Paulo prison with an incarcerated Boevski awaiting trial after being accused of smuggling cocaine. From there we look back over his life in the sport and out of it, moving from young football hopeful to the top of the weightlifting world and to a Brazilian prison cell. Quite the rise and fall.
Told by Bulgarian sports journalist Ognian Georgiev, a sports editor for the newspaper Bulgaria Today, the level of detail included is impressive, as one would expect from a journalist of course. Tracing Boevski’s rise to prominence through the lifting schools and academies of small town Knezha to the capital city Sofia, what comes across as clear as day is what a tough world that was to inhabit. The competition is fierce, as befitting the sport’s status in Bulgaria and the Balkan region, and the coaching regime is frequently brutal and intimadatory. Only the toughest will rise to the top and Boevski was certainly one of those.
As he reached international level, the thorny issue of drugs rears its head. Bulgarian weightlifting has been decimated by numerous high profile failed drugs tests culminating eventually in 2008 with the entire national team being withdrawn from the Olympics for failing pre-Games tests.Read more ›
For many years Bulgaria has been an international power in the sport of weightlifting, winning a number of championships far greater than one would expect based solely on the population. One of the oddest aspects of this is that there is no unique training method that the Bulgarians have perfected. In reading this book about one of their champions, it seems that they succeed more in spite of their training program rather than because of it.
Some of the champion lifters smoke cigarettes and don't follow the kind of rigid training program that one ordinarily associates with world and Olympic champions. As is related in this book the Bulgarian sports authority for weightlifting is rife with brutal political battles that have to have negative consequences for the sport.
This book is a biography of Boevski with an emphasis on his entry into the sport of weightlifting, his experiences there, his time in a Brazilian prison and then his involvement in the sport after his release. In general it is not a pleasant story, while his triumphs are mentioned, most of the text deals with the problems between individuals and Boevski's claim of innocence of any knowledge of the cocaine the police found in his suitcase.
His claims have some plausibility, for the cocaine was relatively easy to find and there was no reason for Boevski to take such a risk.Read more ›