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Jovtchev Appointed Deputy Minister of Sport
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Six-time Olympian Jordan Jovtchev has been appointed Deputy Minister of Sport for Bulgaria. He will report to the new Minister of Sport, Petar Stoychev, and work alongside the former Deputy Minister of Sport, Ivan Tsenov.

"It's nice to be on such a team," he said during a press conference on Friday. "The team is good, and we will work in the name of sport. We will strive for better things."

The gymnastics legend has stepped down as president of the Bulgarian Gymnastics Federation, handing the reigns to Olympic silver medalist Krasimir Dunev.

"I'm going to watch them, help them with whatever I can," he said of the federation. "I don't think there was anything that only I could do myself. The good news is that we are a good team [at the ministry]. Mr. Tsenov has sufficient management experience so I can be of help. Personally, I can be useful in doing some good, to inspire faith and courage in the people."

Despite the new role, Jovtchev said he has no political motivations.

"I was invited to be the deputy minister, not a minister," he said. "I do it in the name of sport. At this stage I have no ambition to become a sports minister."

Jovtchev marked his official retirement from gymnastics with a large exhibition in Sofia on Feb. 23, a day before his 40th birthday.

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