IWF deny supporting convicted drug trafficker as Brazilian coach

Thursday, 10 January 2013
By Lauren Mattera 

Bulgarian weightlifter Galabin BoevskiJanuary 10 - Following the recent allegations regarding Brazilian Weightlifting's plans to hire convicted international drug trafficker Galabin Boevski of Bulgaria as their coach, the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) have denied to support such a move.

The Sydney 2000 gold medallist (pictured top), who received an eight year doping ban in 2004 and is currently serving a nine year prison sentence for international drug trafficking was suggested as a possible new coach for the Brazilian team ahead of Rio 2016, according to reports in his native Bulgaria. 

Yet, the IWF have released the following statement: "The International Weightlifting Federation has no information or knowledge of such intentions by the Brazilian Weightlifting Federation.

"Naturally the IWF would like to see a development in Brazil's weightlifting - in view of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, however we categorically refuse the assumption that the IWF would support such move."

The 36-year-old Bulgarian has been detained in Brazil since 2011 after he was caught trying to board a plane from the Brazilian capital to Europe with nine kilograms of the class-A drug cocaine.

Before his criminal convictions, Boevski enjoyed a decorative career including being crowned -61 kg world champion in the 1999 and 2001 World Weightlifting Championships and winner of the 1999, 2002 and 2003 European Championships along with his 2000 Olympic gold.

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