Strong participation of Bulgaria at an international anti-doping conference
07.06.2018
An International Anti-Doping Conference was held in Opatija, Croatia from 05 to 06 June 2018, which is a final event for the JUST SPORT project. More than 100 representatives from Croatia, Italy, Slovenia, Sweden, Portugal and Bulgaria discussed the issue and analyzed the problems that each country encounters in preventing and combating banned substances. Bulgaria was presented by Joanna Dochevska and Ivaylo Zdravkov from Bulgarian sports development association, Dr. Hristina Ivancheva from the National Anti-Doping Center, Prof. Tsvetko Tsvetkov and Grigor Goutev from the National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", Ivan Tilev - professional basketball player and owner of NordGym Fitness Center

During the conference, the participants had the opportunity to take part in an inspiring discussion with Andreas Krueger. The Ministry of Education and Culture stated that the aim of the GDP is to acquire diplomats in sports suits through a state plan 1425, which stimulates the use of steroids in order to achieve maximum sporting outcomes. One proof for the implementation of this plan is the case with Haidie Kruger, who undergoes a sex change operation in the 90s of the last century. Today, Andreas Krueger (new name of Haidie) is married to Ute Kruze, who shares Andreas's sporting fate. Andreas and Ute took an active part in the event and shared their story, as well as responding to many questions about how doping has changed their lives and fate.
The anti-doping centers of Denmark, Austria, Sweden, Italy, Croatia, Bulgaria and Slovenia presented good practices and exchanged experience on the prevention of doping in mass sports (mostly in fitness centers). The program included panels on the role of the media and the synergy of public institutions and sports organizations in the fight against banned substances.
The JUST SPORT project aims to address the negative consequences that uncontrollable use of food supplements in the field of mass sports (mostly in fitness centers) may cause. After a round table on this topic, experts and participants said that the use of prohibited substances and stimulants in fitness centers is a topical challenge and immediate attention should be paid to measures to help overcome. Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev said The data about the younger age at which free-time sportsmen start to use doping is worrying. He added that The problem is valid for whole Europe and all experts recognize that we are not prepared to deal with it. While there are strict international rules on sport for excellence, and there is a built-in system to monitor, proof of doping and relevant punishments on the part of international sports organizations, then in sports all these punishments are inapplicable. Our only weapon is training.
The main subject of this project is to introduce young people who are using sports and fitness centers and beginners athletes and to provide them with the necessary data to make an informed choice and possible negative effects on their physics. The use of some muscle mass builders could lead to severe heart problems, liver disease, and more in the future. Various activities were performed during the project to provoke and stimulate young people to plan a healthy lifestyle, supported by the guidance of trained fitness and sports professionals. Several training modules were realized for the youngsters themselves, who were covered in the project, but also for specialists and coaches involved in fitness and conditioning. The project is about to create a mobile app that will include healthy fitness centers and experts dedicated to the idea of "pure" sport.
Partners in the JUST SPORT project are organizations linked to an innovative consortium from Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Bulgaria, Portugal and Sweden. This project is co-funded under the Erasmus + program of the European Commission and will be implemented in the period 01.01.2017 - 30.06.2018. In Bulgaria, the project "JUST SPORT" is coordinated by Bulgarian sports development association with the support of the Anti-doping Center - Bulgaria (www.anti-doping.government.bg), Fitness Centers: NordGym (www.nordgym.net) Athletic (www.athletic-bg.com), Sitalk (www.fitnessitalk.com), July Hall (www.yulisgym.com).