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Opinions

Tatyana-Lolova
It is great that Sofia has been designated European Capital of Sport, this initiative will help more people to feel energetic and healthy.

- Tatyana Lolova, Actress

Екатерина Дафовска
The recognition of Sofia as a European Capital of Sport will contribute physical activity to become a priority in people’s lives.

- Ekaterina Dafovska, Olympic champion in biathlon

Sofia 2018 is a catalyst that makes us organize with more passion and energy the sport in the capital.

- Elen Gerdzhikov, Chairman of Sofia Municipal Council and President of “Sofia – European Capital of Sport” Foundation

Тереза Маринова
The fact that Sofia was designated European Capital of Sport obliges us to continue the initiative and the ambitious program even after 2018

- Tereza Marinova, Olympic champion in athletics

Стивън Де Майер
I will be glad to see how Sofia uses and builds on the experience that we gained with Antwerp as a European Capital of Sport.

- Steven De Meyer, Coordinator Antwerp 2013 European Capital of Sport

Таня Богомилова
Sofia 2018 is a great opportunity to provide more options for everyone to practice sport regularly, to be active and healthy.

- Tanya Bogomilova, Olympic champion in swimming

nina-chaneva
“The idea of “Sofia – European Capital of Sport” is to find a place for every citizen to practice sport.”

- Nina Chaneva, Municipal Councilor, Member of the Commission for Children, Youth and Sport

jordanka-blagoeva
Sofia deserves much more investment in sports events and infrastructure as conditions to improve healthy lifestyles.

- Yordanka Blagoeva, Former world record holder in high jump

jordanka-fandukova
We are determined to ensure sustainability and to keep promoting Sofia as a European capital of sport.

- Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor Sofia

stefka-kostadinova
Sofia is one of the most sporting cities in Europe with its experience and credibility in organizing major championships and tournaments.

- Stefka Kostadinova, President the Bulgarian Olympic Committee and Olympic champion in athletics

10 Reasons Sofia 2018

  1. 1. Love sport, love Sofia!

    Sofia’s residents love sport and their city, and are eager to develop it as a modern, dynamic and beautiful capital.
  2. 2. Multiple options for sport

    The city has many stadiums, tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pools, playgrounds and sites offering a variety of options for sport and healthy lifestyle.
  3. 3. Among the greenest cities

    Sofia is among the greenest cities on the continent, with dozens of parks and gardens with numerous opportunities for sport.
  4. 4. Many sporting events

    An extensive program of sporting events provides until 2018 the organising of 365 regional, 32 local and 12 national competitions.
  5. 5. Investments in infrastructure

    Sofia Municipality invests over 7 million in 2015 for the construction of sports facilities: 100 km bike lanes, two sports halls, ice arena in “Mladost”, multifunctional complex in “Vazrazhdane” Park , tennis tables in the parks, 27 outdoor fitness playgrounds, etc.
  6. 6. EU Presidency

    Bulgaria will assume the EU presidency in the second half of 2018 and during a period of six months Sofia will determine the main directions of development of the Union.
  7. 7. Vitosha Mountain

    Vitosha and Sofia are an unique combination “city in the mountains and mountain in the city”, no other European capital has such a natural resource.
  8. 8. Successful host of elite tournaments

    Sofia was a successful host and an excellent organizer of hundreds of world and European championships and cups in great number of sports and disciplines.
  9. 9. Sport – accessible to people

    The most important in the choice of Sofia for European Capital is the social factor – sport to reach people, active lifestyle to become a habit for everyone.
  10. 10. One of the fastest growing cities in the world

    Sofia is one of the fastest growing cities in the world according to the rankings of Global Metro Monitor and JPMorgan Chase.

European Capitals of Sport

Budapest 2019

sofia

Sofia 2018

Marseille

Marseille 2017

Prague 2016