SOFIA Feb 14 Double Olympic shooting
champion Maria Grozdeva has threatened to boycott the London
Olympics if there is no change at the helm of the Bulgarian
Grozdeva, who won golds in the women's 25m pistol at the
Games in 2000 and 2004, reacted angrily after her shooting club
Levski Sopharma were expelled from the federation for not
participating in domestic competitions.
The 39-year-old Bulgarian, who also won Olympic bronze
medals in the 10m air pistol in 1992, 1996 and 2004, said she
did not take part in the national tournaments because she was
competing abroad at the same time.
"It's ridiculous," Grozdeva, preparing for her sixth
Olympics, told bTV on Tuesday. "He (federation chief Kamen
Shishmanov) should resign or I'll not compete at the Olympics.
"Yes, it's an ultimatum," added Grozdeva, who was named
Bulgaria's athlete of the year in 2004. "Let's see who is more
Shishmanov said the federation had complied with the rules
as all clubs needed to take part in at least one of the two
national championships during the year, something that Levski
Sopharma had not done.
Bulgarian shooters have won four gold medals, six silver and
six bronze at the Olympics since 1960.
(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Clare Fallon)