Bulgarian swimmer Josef Miladinov sold the silver medal he won at the 2021 European Swimming Championships for 4,000 leva at auction and donated his income to the earthquake victims.
Miladinov, a 20-year-old national swimmer who lives in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, decided to help the victims after the February 6 earthquake.
Miladinov, who finished second in the 100-meter butterfly at the 2021 European Swimming Championships in the Hungarian capital, Budapest, put the silver medal he won in this race up for auction in his country.
The athlete, who sold the medal for 4 thousand leva (41 thousand 680 liras) in the auction that started at a price of 800 leva, donated the income he earned to the earthquake victims through a charitable organization in his country.
“I couldn’t believe what I saw on TV.”
Miladinov, who participated in the fourth international Edirne Cup tournament held last weekend, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that he was sad because of the earthquakes that hit Kahramanmaraş.
Stating that he could not believe what he saw on TV when he heard the news of the earthquake, Miladinov said, “I thought I should do something for people. Then I put my medals up for sale. I finished second to Melak Kristoff in the 100m butterfly at the 2021 European Championships.” I put up for sale in Bulgaria my silver medal that I won there. I sent the 4 thousand levs I got to the earthquake victims. He said.
Miladinov expressed his condolences, saying that he felt what the Turkish people were going through and that it affected him greatly.
“He made us feel emotional by showing the united side of the sport.”
The assistance of the Bulgarian athlete to the victims was appreciated by the Turkish authorities.
He thanked the vice president of the Turkish Swimming Federation, Guven Duvan Miladinov, for his exemplary behavior.
Expressing that Miladinov is one of the most successful athletes trained by Bulgaria in recent years, Duvan said:
Miladinov, an athlete of the sister country who won medals in the European and World Youth Championships, donated the medal he won in the European Junior Championships to the earthquake victims by auctioning it off after the earthquake disaster in our country. On behalf of our sports community and country, I would like to express my gratitude to our esteemed friend , which showed us the united side of the sport in the best possible way.
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