INTERVIEW WITH THE BOOK’S AUTHOR
One of the most prestigious web pages for independent publishing “Indie Author Land” posted a short interview with the author of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” Ognian Georgiev. Chech it out here:
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GREAT REVIEW OF THE BOOK BY ALAN ABRAHAMSON
The first reviews of “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story” are starting to come. Award-winning journalist, best-sellers writer and described as “Best source of information about the [Olympic] Games and the culture that surrounds them” in the book “Private Games” Alan Abrahamson gives his opinion about the edition. He was one of our test readers. Here is his article about “The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski:
Weightlifting, and the many turns of fate
At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, three Bulgarian weightlifters failed doping tests. The rules said the entire Bulgarian team was thereupon supposed to be expelled. However, Galabin Boevski had already competed and, because he did not test positive, he was allowed to keep his gold medal.
In 2004, Boevski was found liable of tampering with the urine sample he provided at the 2003 world championship in Vancouver. He would be banned from competition for eight years.
In October, 2011, Boevski was arrested at the airport at Sao Paolo, Brazil, while trying to board a plane to Spain. The authorities found nine kilos, or nearly 20 pounds, of cocaine, in his bags.
The cover of a new book that delves deeply into the culture of Bulgarian weightlifting
Galabin Boevski is a complicated figure and weightlifting is a complex sport, filled with intrigue and drama. On the stage, the bar does not lie. You either lift it or not. Behind the scenes, however, as a new book, The White Prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s Secret Story, makes plain, it can be an enormous struggle not just to become Olympic champion but to stay on top.
The book, written by Ognian Georgiev, sports editor at the “Bulgaria Today” daily newspaper, available Friday, offers a revealing look into a sports culture that demands further — and intense — examination…
Read the rest of the article: http://www.3wiresports.com/2014/05/29/weightlifting-fate/
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The white prisoner: Galabin Boevski’s secret story
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Another excerpt of The white prisoner
Here is the second excerpt of “The white prisoner – Galabin Boevski’s secret story”. Later today we will officially present the English edition cover.
Yanko Rusev already knows Galabin will be included in the squad for the 1995 World Championships in China.
Boevski is in among the favourites for the 64 kg category. At 59 kg the big hopes again are on Nikolay Peshalov and Sevdalin Minchev.
Bulgaria has two athletes at 70 kg – Plamen Zhelyaskov and Radostin Dimitrov. The other great star – Yoto Yotov will lift for the first time at 76 kg. He has the unique achievement of being first or second in every competition he has participated in. The young Zlatan Vanev is also in his category.
The competition is fierce, because these championships will decide the Olympic quota.
There are nearly forty athletes in a couple of categories. The biggest stars in weightlifting are ready for great battles, led by the Turks Naim Suleymanoglu and Halil Mutlu, the Greeks Leonidas Sabanis and Pyrros Dimas, and the Cuban Pablo Lara.
The strong weightlifters from the former Soviet Union are aiming for medals in every category, and the Chinese, breaking record after record, are achieving the next phenomenal results.
Hristo Boev is going up the stairs in the Sports Ministry. The Bulgarian Weightlifting Federation’s office is there. The CEO Norair Nurikyan had invited him. He added nothing more. Boev senses there is something wrong the moment he steps into the office.
“I have bad news,” the legendary weightlifter, who has two Olympic titles to his name, begins. “Galabin has been caught.”
“Hey, don’t mess around! How was he caught three days before the World Championships?” The coach clenches his fists.
“This is the document in English, the sample was opened,” Nurikyan gives him a piece of paper with a shaking hand.
“Where is the document for the first one?” Hristo Boev asks. “Look, I may be a countryman, but I’m not stupid.”
Nurikyan bows his head and remains silent.
Years later he admitted, that at this moment he felt as if Hristo Boev would throw him out of the fourth floor window.
“Hey, what the hell happened?” Hristo Boev had barged into the gym of the sports complex “Dianabad”, where the national team was located and shouted at the coach Yanko Rusev.
“Everything is fine, Hristo. How are you? We will destroy the Turk this year. Galabin lifted 152.5 kg and 182.5 kg,” Rusev says proudly with his everlasting smile. [Note: Naim lifted 147.5 + 180 in the compeition]
“How the hell are we going to defeat him, you fool? Galabin has been caught!” Hristo Boev erupts again.
“What do you mean caught?” The national team’s coach honestly replies.
The noisiest place in the whole town was Knezha’s newspaper stand [Knezha is Galabin’s home town]. Several people had gathered, reading the headlines.
The salesman could not get them to leave. Everyone shut up, when Stella Boevska [Galabin’s mother] approached. They made way with compassionate looks in their eyes.
She looks at the first page – “Weightlifters caught with doping before the World Championships.” Her eyes focus on the article. She begins to read slowly. Her hope evaporates. The last name is Galabin’s.
“Lizard [Stefan „The Lizard” Georgiev], I am a convenient victim,” Galabin shakes his head while relating what had happened. They were having coffee.
“I swear to you, I haven’t taken a thing. They must have switched my sample. They caught someone else. Someone who wasn’t supposed to go up in flames. They tricked me again.”
“You are convenient, as you and your uncle are like lone wolves,” answers Stefan Georgiev. “You have no backing. You know if these things don’t happen with money, they certainly do happen with a lot of money. The European Championships are one thing, the World Championships are totally different. Furthermore, it is the qualification for the Olympics in Atlanta next year.”
“Everything is clear now. They wanted to get it out of the way. I could have beaten Suleymanoglu, but who am I – some peasant from Knezha. Now Abadjiev is in Turkey. He must have had information on how much I can lift. They found out my results, and it was decided.”
“You are quite right, coaches are saying the Olympic Committee is deciding on which sports to leave and which to cut.
They are setting Suleymanoglu up to be the first three times Olympic champion in weightlifting. And you, who don’t have a single tournament in seniors abroad, are trying to defeat him. Where are you coming from? Without a single competition abroad, you dare to challenge him! What were you thinking of?”