Disabled people from all over Bulgaria took part in Galabovo sports games

On 24th of April, the 5th sports games for disabled people took place in the town of Galabovo. More than 110 people from 21 teams took part in the competition. They competed in 8 disciplines, including bowling, darts, basketball, tug-of-war and wheelchair racing. The event was organized by the Municipal Organization of People with Disabilities, Galabovo with the cooperation of Galabovo Municipality. Since its first edition in 2013, the competition has been held with the exclusive support of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 TPP.

Iliya Lalov, Chairman of the Bulgarian Paralympic Association, and the Paralympic Champions Hristian Stoyanov, Georgi Kiryakov and Ivanka Koleva, launched the Games together with the representatives of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 and Galabovo Municipality.

It is a great pleasure for us that sports games for people with disabilities are gaining more and more popularity each year.  We are very happy that we were able to enlist the support of Bulgarian Paralympic Association representatives. I believe that together we will be able to demonstrate that the power of the human spirit can overcome every challenge and turn it into an opportunity”, said Krassimir Nenov, Executive Director of ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3.

“We are delighted to welcome more and more participants in Galabovo games and we do hope that together with ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 we will be able to turn the event into a national one,” said Plamen Barakov, Deputy Mayor of Galabovo Municipality.

21 teams of organizations of Disabled people union  came from different parts of the country  – Razgrad, Veliko Tarnovo, Kardzhali, Smolyan, Plovdiv, Balchik, Mezdra, Pazardzhik, Sliven, Stara Zagora, Chirpan, Nikolaevo, Gurkovo, Kazanlak, Radnevo, Obruchishte, Glavan, Gabarevo, village of Davidkovo, Galabovo, to participate in the games.

The team of Chirpan was awarded the most points in all sports disciplines.  The contestants from the Day Center for Children and Young People with Disabilities in Galabovo won the Sponsor Cup, while the competition with mechanical wheelchairs was dominated by Georgi Zlatkov from Disabled People Home team, Stara Zagora.

The fifth edition of the games for people with disabilities took place in “Energetik” Sport Hall in the town of Galabovo, which is fully equipped to meet the needs of the participants. The hall was completely renovated by ContourGlobal Maritza East 3 TPP in 2016 as part of the Corporate Social Responsibility Agreement concluded between the company and the Municipality of Galabovo.  ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 has invested more than 4m euros in various initiatives to the benefit of the local community.  During the last six years, 12 projects have been planned, implemented and handed over to the municipality, on the territory of which the Power plant operates.

 

 

About ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3

ContourGlobal Maritsa East 3 owns and manages the first lignite coal-fired power plant in Southeast Europe meeting all of the current EU OHS and Environmental standards.   The power plant generates 10% of the electricity in Bulgaria using local energy sources, thus contributing to ensuring the energy security and independence of the country.  Over BGN 1.4 billion has been invested to guarantee the reliable operation of the power plant and in environmental protection initiatives.  The multinational energy company ContourGlobal is the majority owner (73%) and Bulgarian National Electric Company is the minority shareholder (27%).

 

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