The world champion in weightlifting Galabin Boevski went to nine months in prison because of illegal international drug trade. This athlete was arrested in October 2011 at the Guarulhos International Airport in Brazil after he attempted to board the plane with eight kg of cocaine. This sportsman was led to Bulgaria. Cocaine was estimated. It could be sold at the price of 500, 000 dollars on the streets in countries of Europe.
Galabin Boevski is a well-known sportsperson in Bulgaria. He is considered to be one of the most famous weightlifters in this country.
First he was caught administering steroids in 1995. Undoubtedly, he was sentenced to suspension.
Then this sportsperson was caught administering forbidden medications in 2004. It was the second time when he broke doping laws. In fact, Boevski didn’t test positive for any forbidden medications. But anti-doping officials defined that he didn’t provide own urine. The urine that was provided by this sportsman belonged to another person. As a result, Boevski was sentenced to 8-year suspension. During serving the suspension he was caught smuggling cocaine.
Boevski became famous due to his achievements in weightlifting. This sportsman won gold medals at some competitions: at the 1999 World Weightlifting Championships in Athens, the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney and the 2001 World Weightlifting Championships in Antalya.
At the 2003 World Championships in Vancouver this athlete and his teammates from Bulgaria provided urine samples which belonged to another individual. It was defined by anti-doping officials that the 3 urine samples were produced by one person. These athletes were sentenced to suspensions. Galabi Boevski appealed the suspension but it was not successful.
Galabin Boevski broke certain world records at various competitions. He held three world records. His best lifts were following: a 162, 5 kg snatch, 196, 5 kg clean and jerk and a 357, 5 kg of two lifts at the 1999 Championships.
It is wondering but this sportsman’s reputation was not destroyed in Bulgaria. He utilized his status of celebrity in sports in order to establish a Technogym fitness center in Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. The center was called Atama Wellness and Spa.
Moreover, Maria Isabel do Prado, the Brazilian judge, affirmed that Galabin Boevski used also his status of celebrity in sports in order to traffic cocaine. She also noted that this weightlifter utilized the participation of his daughter in a Brazilian tennis tournament in order to cover his illegal operations linked with smuggling of the narcotic.
The weightlifter Boevski said that he would appeal the conviction.