On 12.12.2018 Valeri Dimitrov was awarded with the title “Best sportsman of Plovdiv” for 2018. He deserved that award after becoming 2 times European champion – in weight divisions and in Open weight category. The last title was his 18th European title!

He was awarded by the major of Plovdiv – Ivan Totev. Plovdiv is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is chosen to be European culture capital for 2019.