Here is a fairly recent interview with Naim Suleymanoglu.
I hope some of you can help with the translation of the main points.
Thanks to Şamil.
He was born on January 23, 1967 in Ahatlı village. Two years after his family moved to Mestanlı. In childhood, he was interested in football, wrestling and swimming.
When he was 10 years old his coach discovered him in swimming pool. Same year he moved to Kardzhali for study in high school sports.
In 1981 he was selected to Bulgarian junior team. One year later, he participated his first international competition in Sao Paulo (Junior World Championships) and came first. With this result, he started his career with a gold medal.
[08:25 – 09:32]
He talked about popularity of weightlifting in Bulgaria, effects of weightlifting in social life. (Nothing interesting)
He escaped from Bulgaria in December 1986 and changed his nationality. After this situation, he was banned from weightlifting for a year.
Turgut Özal (Prime Minister of Turkey) gave more than a million dollar to Bulgarian Federation and lifted the ban. His first competition for Turkey is the European Championships in England. He took 3 gold medals with a snatch world record. In the Olympics, he won the gold medal with with 6 world and 9 Olympic records, .
After Olympics, he thought of quitting weightlifting because he accomplished his goals but Prime Minister Turgut Özal changed his desicion.
Naim Suleymanoglu Interview *Needs Translation* is a post by Gregor Winter from All Things Gym.