Bulgaria’s Simeon Shterev is the new head coach of the Russian women’s wrestling team.
The Russian Wrestling Federation announced the news. The Bulgarian is replacing Magomed Aliomarov who passed away in May due to COVID-19.
Here’s what Shterev had to say after the appointment:
“I am grateful for the trust shown to me by the leaders of the Russian Wrestling Federation. It is a great honor for me to lead such a team.
“The Bulgarian and Russian peoples are close in spirit and we already have a good team. One person cannot do anything; coaches and athletes need to be a team. We are already a team and will continue the work that we established under Magomed Aliomarov.
“We have one common goal – to win the maximum number of medals at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. I have worked with many teams, but I get pleasure from work only when there is a result. I give my word that I will work not even at 100, but at 200%, so that our team will perform with dignity in all competitions in which it will participate.”
Simeon Shterev is a Bulgarian former freestyle wrestler who competed in the 1988 Summer Olympics where he claimed bronze. He has also coached multiple Olympic and World Cup medallist Stanka Zlateva.