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Bulgarian members of the IOC

Down the years Bulgaria have had five representatives in the IOC. Dimitar Tsokov became a member in 1906, dr. Dimitar Stanchov – in 1913. In 1929 Stefan Chaprashikov enters the structures of the IOC. There has been no Bulgarian in the IOC between 1944 and 1952. Then Vladimir Stoychev entered the IOC and his membership lasted until 1982. Five years later Ivan Slavkov took over. He was expelled in 2005 for breaking the rules of the Olympic movement.

DimitarDimitar Tsokov (1906-1912)

Born in 1864 in Svishtov. Graduated in both “Robert college” in Istanbul and Law college in Paris. Has a degree in diplomacy. His political career turned the atention of Pier du Cuberten. Became a member of the committee because of theBulgarian help in organising the first modern Olympic games in 1896. By that time Tsokov was an ambassador in London. Just before the World War I he retired from politics and from sports activities.


Dimitar Stanchov (1913-1929)

Born in 1863 in Svishtov. Graduated Law at the Viena University. He has been a foreign minister, prime minister and ambassador in London. Spoke eight languages. In 1927 became chairman of the BOC. Three years later retired both from BOC and IOC.


Stefan Chaprashikov (1929-1944)

Born in Blagoevgrad, graduated in Law at the Paris University. Succesful businessman in Bulgaria at his time, also ambassador in Viena and Moscow. In september 1929 became a member of the IOC. In the same year was chosen for honorary chairman of the BOC.

VladimirGen. Vladimir Stoychev (1952-1987)

The Bulgarian who was a member of the IOC for the longest period. Born on april 7th 1892. Between 1956 and 1960 was a part of the Executive board of the IOC. He spoke nine languages. Got increasingly interested in equestrian and took part in the Paris`24 and Amsterdam`28 Olympics. In 1927 was named a “maestro in equestrian” in Switzerland. Chairman of the BOC between 1951 and 1987. Still has great reputation in the olympic movement.

bok-slavkovIvan Slavkov (1987-2005)

Born on may 11th 1940 in Sofia. Has a diploma from the Technical University in Sofia. A waterpolo international player between 1956 and 1964. His journalist career started in the “Trud” newspaper. Head of the Bulgarian national television (1971-1982).

Slavkov had been a member of four different commisions of the IOC and member of the Assosiation of the national olympic committees. Deputy chairman of Sofia olympic bid team for hosting the winter games in 1992. Professor in sports managment, honoured doctor of the National Sports Academy in Bulgaria.

Expelled by the IOC at the session in Singapore in July 2005 for breaking the ethic code of the committee. 


Nikolay Georgiev

Nikolay Georgiev is the only Bulgarian in the Museum of Olympics in Laussane. He works in the Study department in the museum. Published more than 40 books about the olympic games and the sports.

1000 Sofia Bulgaria "Angel Kanchev" str. № 4
tel. (+359 2) 987 5695
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