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INCLUSION IN SPORTS – THE MISSION IS POSSIBLE!
02.12.2021
SPRINT is the only specialized sports magazine in Bulgaria. It has been published since November 2016 in each quarter in a very impressive volume of 140–160 pages. The amazing collector's edition has a regular circulation of between 6,000 and 8,000 issues.

Free applications are often published together with SPRINT – World Cup 2018, Champions League, Formula 1 ... And from the beginning of 2020, together with each issue, readers receive a separate book FUTURE – only for children and youth sports in Bulgaria. A special emphasis in the editorial policy is the serious attention paid to the sport for teenagers and its benefits. SPRINT contains only author’s materials, richly illustrated with own photos. The magazine satisfies the hunger of the real fan for intelligent and curious sports readings, comments, interviews, statistics, portraits, analyzes, photo sessions ... So far all of the biggest stars of Bulgarian sports have appeared on its pages and on the cover – Hristo Stoichkov, Dimitar Berbatov, Ivet Lalova, Grigor Dimitrov, Kubrat Pulev, the Golden Girls in Rhythmic Gymnastics, Yordan Yovchev, Dimitar Penev, Boyan Petrov, Alexandra Zhekova and others. SPRINT is a free territory for exchanging opinions on pressing issues, its pages are open to the best in Bulgarian (and world!) Sports journalism.

Here is what the new SPRINT contains – issue 27, written by 22 authors. It can be found in the usual places: Lukoil, Shell, Eco, Rompetrol and Nispetrol petrol stations, Kaufland and Fantastico supermarkets, in the INMEDIO stores, including in all malls, as well as in the better locations for distributing magazines and newspapers.

HERE IS THE AMAZING CONTENT OF THE SPRINT ISSUE 27:
• Editorial: We present the first Bulgarian Olympian
• The golden tears of Bulgaria
• Fill in your archive
• What is a "Levski" adolescent
• Georgi Yomov: The fans would crush me after 3:0 against "Victoria"
• Comment: Hate
• The geniuses Ronaldo and Messi still rule the world
• Old Trafford's first "Siiiiiiiii"
• In the theater of eternity
• The king
• The new landmark of Paris
• Gavroche's brothers
• The Bulgarian trail in Paris
• Unknown people in military jeep take Iliya Voynov away from Slavia FC camp
• In Memoriam: Alexander Shalamanov 100% FC Slavia fan!
• Poor team does not
• It hasn't been that bad in 32 years
• In just 3 years, 93 nationals
• Rejuvenation alone is not possible
• Amazing and 7 years before the United States 1994
• We need a big transfer… and a little marketing
• A game in Prague that gives meaning to the word derby
• Martin Minchev: The Czech Republic is a step towards Manchester United
• The faces of football Prague
• Petar Mihtarski: I'm proud to have polished Barakata's shoes
• In love donkeys interrupt a game
• How the soccer killed the poetry
• The actor Ivaylo Zahariev: I practiced taekwondo to protect the weak
• Motorsport: An electric future
• Elena Miteva and Nikol Andonova: Fast and beautiful
• Prof. Tatyana Yancheva: Instead of inspiring athletes, I often have to uninspire them
• Vasiliko's underwater world
• #BEACTIVE jump high
• Rhythmic Gymnastics: Tomorrow is also a day
• Judges under siege in Tokyo
• Maria Kavaklieva, boxing judge: For 23 days we lived at the gym and the hotel
• The results in Tokyo saved the rhythmic gymnastics
• With new sports and disciplines, the United States swam to the top
• The titans of wrestling Karelin and Lopez
• Crossword
• The circles of the third gender
• The first Bulgarian Olympian competed in Athens in 1906 in the long jump
• The confession of Asen Zlatev in "The Way of the Wanderer"
• Title for Panagyurishte
• How the businessman Rumen Dimitrov manages 5 pools
• Ana Petrakieva: The less known parts of Vitosha are also very attractive for tourists
• Inclusion in sports – the mission is possible
• Iva Georgieva on sports and education in adolescents: The concept of "Fair Play"
• Young and successful: Joanna Kostadinova and Rositsa Dencheva
• The silence of Sofia Open 2021
• Books: The Almanac of Bulgarian Tennis arrives

We present you one of the topics in the issue – Inclusion in sports – the mission is possible!, presented by Assoc. Prof. Stefka Djobova and Chief Assistant. Ivelina Kirilova, Adapted physical activity and sports sector, National Sports Academy "Vasil Levski", and for more interesting materials – look for SPRINT magazine in the trade network.

Over the years, the term "inclusion" has been used around the world to describe practices that are an attempt to include people, regardless of their ability, race, culture, age, gender and other characteristics that could put someone in the category of "disadvantaged". The scope of the practices includes access to all resources and services available to the public, including sports. In this context, European politicians describe sports as "the largest social movement, well ahead of political and economic cooperation". Inclusion in sports ensures that people with disabilities are full-fledged and equal in the opportunity to practice sports, physical activity or other activities.

Disabilities are a matter of rights, not judgment. This approach is at the heart of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The right of access to recreation, active leisure and sports is guaranteed by encouraging the participation of people with disabilities in grassroots sports activities at all levels; ensuring that they have the opportunity to organize, develop and participate in specific sports activities designed for them and provide access to sports facilities and services.

International sports federations are taking targeted actions to achieve inclusion in sport and there are already numerous examples – FIBA, World Rowing (FISA), ICF, World Sailing (ISAF), BWF and others. The most visible expression of inclusion is the joint sports calendar, uniting in one sporting event the disciplines of athletes and para-athletes.

In Bulgaria, for example, the traditional New Stars Athletics Tournament in Sofia regularly includes an integrated series for athletes with intellectual disabilities. A well-known gym opened its doors for free to athletes with mental disabilities, but also made sure that its instructors went through the necessary training. The Bulgarian Basketball Federation and the National Basketball League are actively working to promote and develop inclusive sports. Famous basketball players are involved in campaigns to raise public awareness of the benefits of sports for people with disabilities, as well as organize inclusive sports events where teams of disabled and non-disabled basketball players compete. Among them is the adapted basketball team of NSA "Vasil Levski". The classes are year-round and modeled under the United Sports program of Special Olympics. Under this program, athletes with intellectual disabilities and their sports partners without disabilities participate in the training, in this case – students majoring in "Basketball" and "Adapted Physical Activity and Sports" (APAS) at the NSA, as well as volunteers. This unique model of training practice is currently the only one for the country. It helps to increase the self-confidence of athletes with intellectual disabilities, improves their social skills, overcomes social isolation. The problematic behavior of athletes with disabilities is positively influenced. In 2019 at the European Championship FIBA Open 3X3 in Switzerland, in the division "United Teams" the team from our country was nominated for the prize "Fastest growing team". Now the athletes are looking to 2023 and the Summer Special Olympics in Berlin.

Water sports camps provide great opportunities for building an inclusive environment naturally and easily. Every year in VUSB Nessebar participants with physical, intellectual and sensory disabilities together with their peers, students from the APAS sector, volunteers and parents practice adapted water sports – swimming, canoeing and sailing, paddleboarding and aqua games, under the guidance of qualified specialists.

The great activity of the Bulgarian sports development association (BSDA) and the Adapted physical activity and sports sector at NSA includes regular inclusive sports events where participants can try a variety of sports activities – adapted curling in the hall, floor hockey, bocce, goalball, pickleball, sitting volleyball and many others. At special meetings, conferences and round tables, coaches in athletics, swimming, figure skating, sailing, gymnastics and dancing exchange experiences, talk about the difficulties and challenges they face and seek solutions to promote the inclusive sports.

Globally, the idea of inclusive sport is not new, but it is still a major global challenge. And the process of inclusion cannot but be a "team sport". In our country, the two sectors "play" in one team – the state sector in the person of the NSA and the APAS sector and the non-governmental sector – BSDA. Their successful cooperation proves that inclusive sports not only exist but are developing in Bulgaria.

There is no defined finish line in this "team sport" and in inclusion. There is also no list of tasks that can be checked to become a one-way ticket with an "inclusion" destination. Inclusion is a process that is extremely intimate and constantly changing in different phases of our lives.

AND LET'S ALL PLAY IN ONE TEAM!