Sofia, Bulgaria, January 25, 2010 – Bulgarian Volleyball legend Mitko Dimitrov was presented with a custom-crafted plate of honour by the Bulgarian Volleyball Federation to celebrate his 90th birthday on Sunday.
Mitko Dimitrov was presented the award by CEV Board of Administration Member and Bulgarian Volleyball Federation President Dancho Lazarov
Dimitrov, who attended the event at the National Sports Museum in Sofia, won bronze at the 1949 FIVB Men's World Championship in Prague. it was Bulgaria’s first ever world medal in any sport.
Additionally, he led CSKA Sofia to a European Club Champion 1979 as coach.
A special message by André Meyer, FIVB Executive Vice President and CEV President André Meyer was read out, in which he said “Apart from wishing him much health and happiness, I would also like to encourage him to pass his long-lasting experience on to the younger generations, sharing his memories and emotions to fire them up for a bright future of Volleyball in Bulgaria,”
BFV President and CEV Board of Administration Member Dancho Lazarov then presented the plate to Mr. Dimitrov with “great respect, recognition and gratitude.”
Speakers on behalf of a number of formal and informal organizations took the floor to express their salutations to a great soldier, Volleyball player, coach and personality. Stories about Mitko Dimitrov’s great feats of heroism as a Bulgarian commander on the battlefields of World War II, that toughened him up for the great Volleyball battles to come up later in his life, brought out tears to many eyes in the audience.
Mitko Dimitrov, himself with tearful eyes, took the floor at the end of the celebration to conclude modestly and with a real sense of humor: “Being close to a coffin and a person celebrating his 90th anniversary, people say only nice things. I feel like a child at pre-school age, just getting on with life, but I also often make similar mistakes. I full-heartedly thank you for showing your respect to me in this sub-zero weather!”