Photo of the week: Like father, like son


Emil Milanov of Bruges takes a spin around a sport training centre in Lanzarote, courtesy of his son, Belgian discus throwing champ Philip Milanov

Fatherly coach

Emil Milanov of Bruges apparently underestimated his son’s strength when agreeing to become part of his fitness regime at the Belgian Olympic Committee training camp in the Canary Islands this week. The camp is an annual event where all Belgium’s Olympic athletes come together.

Son Philip Milanov is the five-time Belgian champion in the discus and won the silver medal at the world championships in 2015, breaking the Belgian record. The following year, he came in ninth in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. Philip also competes in the shot put event.

The pair are well-known in Belgian sports: Emil, a former discus thrower in his native Bulgaria, coaches Philip (“I can sometimes be a dictator,” he once told De Morgen). Philip was born in Bruges following his parents’ flight from Bulgaria.

While hesitant to give details of the family’s reasons for leaving the Balkan state, Emil told De Standaard in 2015 that “it had nothing to do with sport but with politics”.

Photo: Eric Lalmand/BELGA