At first glance, there is nothing in common between sport and art. On its very surface, sport is considered to be something raw; something deprived of any artistic virtue; an activity that is all direct and “uncensored.” Whereas art is full of figurative representations, ambiguous meanings, beauty and repulsion at the same time. However, the truth is different indeed. There are those occasions in life or people that appear almost out of nowhere and prove this conception wrong. It is culture that somehow merges together sport and art. And when it comes to Bulgaria, one of the greatest people so devoted to both art and sport is Vasil Bojkov. He is a man who knows how to successfully run a business but he is also a figure that gives life to the Bulgarian culture through both sport and art. Would it be wrong, then, to say that the common thing between these seemingly different essentials is precisely the person Vasil Bojkov…? Not at all.
Back in 1989, he started a trading business and just a few years later (in 1991), he established his main company – Nove Holding. His success is not something that came by chance. Bojkov has a fantastic education. He graduated from the National Mathematical High School (now National High School of Mathematics) in Sofia and has three other university degrees – one in “Applied mathematics” from Sofia University, another one in “Labor Economics” from the University of National and World Economy, and “History of Art” from the Universidad de Buenos Aires. His excellent entrepreneurship skills, on the other hand, make for the perfect mix that propels his future successful projects and initiatives.
Many are the areas which Bojkov has had huge impact on, but the most significant ones are sport and art. Investing in those two fields, he is able to transform the cultural image of Bulgaria. Vasil Bojkov has given a chance to and continues to provide many young people with opportunities to polish their talents in sport and to grow into successful athletes. His various funding organizations have also supported emerging sportsmen, while simultaneously showing respect to already well-established present-day champions. Perhaps his initial love for chess and desire to establish much better grounds for this sport in Bulgaria urged him to become the chairman of the Bulgarian Chess Federation in 2003. And it was during the time of his chairmanship when Bulgaria won several gold medals and was, in fact, at its peak. Remarkable results and 3 Olympic gold medals were also scooped by Bulgarian competitors when Vasil Bojkov was the head of the Bulgarian Federation of Sports Shooting. There are many other examples of how his immense support contributed to the development of the sport field on a national level but let us not forget his affinity with art.
Something that first comes to mind when the name of Vasil Bojkov is mentioned is his world-known collection of antique treasures. It consists of over 3000 remarkable pieces that span from as far back as the 8th century BC. There are Thracian, Greek, Anatolian, and other works that speak of ancient culture, nations, art, politics, and myths and impress the people of today. Even though the Bulgarian businessman has so much, he never really forgets to give back.
Throughout his sports initiatives, financial help, moral support, exhibitions of some of his antique valuables, and general openness, Vasil Bojkov becomes a man with many superior ideas and missions. He changes the cultural landscape in Bulgaria, develops the sport and art in the most sincere way, and turns into that connecting dot between those two necessities.