Stefani (Right), Gabriela Stoeva (left) celebrating at the YONEX All England 2017 (photo credit: Badminton Photo)
The European Champions are back
Date: 7/23/2019 8:58 AM
Published by : Aidan Jones (BEC)
Stefani and Gabriela Stoeva have reached an agreement with the Bulgarian Badminton Association with support from Krassen Kralev, the Bulgarian Minister of Sport.

The pair went through a disagreement with their federation back in April, but with the impact from Krassen Kralev, the pair are back on track to becoming the best pair in Europe again.

Stefani Stoeva has revealed to Badminton Europe that there is the motivation to work hard again and focus only on court, after positive discussions with their federation.

- We are very motivated now to work harder and we look forward to playing on the BWF HSBC World Tour again, Stefani Stoeva told Badminton Europe.

Good to have the Stoevas back

Kralev today, released a statement on social media, pointing that he was happy that the situation had been solved.

- I am pleased to inform you that Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva will continue to compete for Bulgaria after the two-day talks between me and the two contestants, their parents and lawyers, Krassen Kralev said.

- After a conversation between me and the president of the badminton federation, Volodya Zlatev, he committed to providing the necessary cooperation of Gabriela and Stefani Stoeva, he added.

Preparation from Paris for Worlds

The Stoeva’s despite only having weeks to prepare at their home in Paris are hoping to be able to put on a show in Basel at the World Championships, this August.

- We have three weeks to prepare for the World Championship and we are looking forward.  Of course, we hope to be in shape from the beginning of the year, Stefani Stoeva said.

- We have been practicing but it was more physical, and we have to prepare for Asia style, she explained. Until now we did not know if we will play and that is why in practice were not on 100 percent. Now we will push our bodies on maximum to be ready.

- It will be tough, but we look at it positively. We are excited about it. We will try to get a spot for Tokyo 2020. We want to be there, she added.
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