Date of Birth: 26 Jan 1960 in the village of Sandrovo, Ruse region
Education: Master, speciality "Wrestling", National Sports Academy
Languages: English and Russian
He starts going in for wrestling in his native village at the age of 10. Georgi Achev - his trainer since the year 1970 till 1978 when he completed studies at the sport school in Ruse - introduces him in the delicate technique of wrestling.
He does his military service at the sport school of the CSKA club where he is trained from 1978 till 1980, under the guidance of Yancho Patrikov. He continues to serve at re-engagement, at the CSKA club, till 1990.
In 1990 he goes to the USA but he continues competing for Bulgaria, on behalf of the wrestling club "Slavia-Litex" till the year 1996
Seven times he is a world champion and seven times European. Repeated silver and bronze medal winner at different European, World and Olympic championships.
Being a wrestler for 18 years in the category up to 52 kg - from 685 competition events he won 673.
He terminates his sport carrier at the age of 36 after winning - at the Olympic Games in Atlanta '96 - an Olympic Champion title.
Since 1997 he is a member of the Athletes' Commission of FILA.
In 1998 he is elected President of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation and in 2002 he is re-elected - till the year 2007
In the year 2000 he becomes a member of the Bureau of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee.
Married, two children.
Under his guidance the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation organizes:
46-th European Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship, men
European Wrestling Championship, Free and Greco-Roman styles, men and women cadets Sofia 2000
Second World Greco-Roman Wrestling Championship, veterans
13-th World Wrestling Championship for women
World Free-Style Wrestling Championship, men and women
European Wrestling Championship for women cadetes
Bulgaria - Albena 2002