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By: Marc Nkwame, The Guardian

Top Bulgarian professional boxers have defied the global fear of the new Covid-19 outbreaks and flew to Tanzania ready to sample the Northern circuit’s tourist attractions as well as using the excursion to help market the country abroad.

Kubrat Pulev and Tervel Pulev are in Arusha, visiting the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, precisely the legendary wildlife-filled crater as well as witnessing the annual wildebeest calving season which they described to be ‘spectacular!’

“We were really looking forward to seeing lions in real life and to our surprise we saw the king of the jungle as well as other wildlife species within a very short time,” stated Tervel Pulev, adding that even the country’s scenic landscape was spellbinding to say the least.

Kubrat Pulev said despite the fresh outbreak of the global pandemic Covid-19, Tanzania was relatively safe compared to other countries and therefore people who want to venture out of their homes or countries should travel to Tanzania where things are still ‘fine!’ The two boxers from Bulgaria were accompanied by there respective teams of management.

Marketing Officer of the Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB), Francis Malugu said the arrivalof the two professional boxers from Bulgaria, was yet kudos for Tanzania’s global marketing strategy which is now bearing positive outcome.
“The fact that people, especially celebrities, are braving all odds to come to Tanzania indicates that the country has created a positive profile internationally,” added Malugu.

Boxing events’ coordinator Levis Paul who had organized the recent cruise-weight fight in which Tervel Pulev ‘Knocked out,’ the Namibian glover, Vikapita Merero, said he was envisaging future boxing-oriented modes of tourism in Tanzania as well as East African Region.

Kubrat Venkov Pulev who was born on the 4th of May 1981 is a Bulgarian professional boxer boasting in the European heavyweight title twice between 2012 and 2016, and has challenged twice for the unified world heavyweight title in 2014 and December 2020.

His younger brother Tervel Venkov Pulev, born on the 10th of January 1983 is also a Bulgarian professional boxer, holding the World Boxing Association (WBA) International cruiserweight title since December 2019 and previously the European Union Cruiserweight title in 2018.



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