Olympic Notes: Bulgarian Ministry Of Sports And Youth Mulls Financial Changes
The Bulgarian Ministry of Sports and Youth is "mulling serious changes" in the way sports are financed in the country after a London Games performance "largely deemed a failure." Among the changes would be decreasing the funding for the federations for Olympic training by BGN 6-7M ($4-$4.6M) in '13 and redirecting the money to mass children and youth sports activities. Only six to seven Olympic sports will remain priority for financing (NOVINITE.com, 9/26). ... The National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and the World Martial Arts Union will seek UNESCO recognition of the Angkorian-era martial art bokator "as an intangible cultural heritage" -- a status the ancient Angkor Wat temple complex holds with its place on the World Heritage list. Cambodia's traditional fighting discipline goes back nearly 2,000 years and ranks among the world's oldest martial-arts forms (PHNOM PENH POST, 9/27). ... Sport in the England's New Forest is set to receive a £250,000 ($405,000) boost in the wake of the London Games. Council chiefs are contributing £113,000 ($183,000) toward the £164,000 ($266,000) cost of upgrading a 90-year-old pavillion used by bowlers and tennis players at Lymington Recreation Ground (DAILY ECHO, 9/27).