Bulgaria celebrated the 95th anniversary of its National Olympic Committee. The ceremony was held last Friday March 30 at the “Vasil Levski” National Sports Academy and welcomed several athletes, legends, managers, coaches, teachers, journalists, and representatives from the sport movement of Bulgaria.

Among others, Secretary General of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee Belcho Goranov addressed the audience stressing the crucial role of the BOC in promoting sport in the country. The event was also delighted by a lecture of Professor Lozan Mitev, who retraced the 95 years’ history of the BOC, highlighting its huge contribution to the furtherance of the Olympic values in Bulgaria.

The Bulgarian Olympic Committee was founded on the 30th March of 1923 although its first participation at the Olympic Games was in Athens 1896, whereas the first Bulgarian Olympic medal was won by boxer Boris Georgiev in Helsinki 1952, where 63 athletes from Bulgaria participated, 9 of which were women. The first Olympic gold was achieved four years later in 1956 in Melbourne by freestyle wrestler Nikola Stanchev.

Apart from the historical excursus and celebrations, the NOC organised a roundtable which gathered physical education teachers as well as several sport experts, focusing on the topic of “the promotion of Olympic education in schools”. The goal of the conference was to pinpoint strategies and implement program and extracurricular activities to boost social inclusiveness through sport.

In memory of this special day, also several trees were planted in the NOC’s garden, leaving to next generations the roots to build the future.

The ceremony ended with the extremely emotional Pierre de Coubertin’s poem “Ode to Sport”, which was pronounced by two young students.

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