01-10 APRIL


Dear friends,

It is a pleasure to welcome all participants of the 2014 Cadet and Junior World Championships. Over the course of ten days, the world’s best young fencers will compete in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, showcasing their talent and exciting matches.
The Cadet and Junior World Championships are among the most important events in the FIE calendar as they provide young fencers with the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at an international level.
The FIE is proud to acknowledge the ever-increasing quality of this competition, which encourages the development of new techniques, styles and, most importantly, sporting talents. I am confident that these World Championships will reveal names of future leaders of our sport.
On behalf of the FIE I would like to thank the organisers and the state authorities for their support and efforts to ensure the successful staging of the World Championships, which will allow us to select our cadets for the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
I wish all participants a wonderful and memorable Cadet and Junior World Championships.

Alisher Usmanov
FIE President

Dear Friends,

I have the immense pleasure to welcome you to the sunny and beautiful country of Bulgaria and my gorgeous home town of Plovdiv, with its ancient and rich history, which is turning into a modern and cultural center with every single day.

It is my honor, as a President of the Bulgarian Fencing Federation, to welcome you to this big forum of the fencing art.

I am extremely happy, that the town of Plovdiv will be a world capital for this beautiful sport for a couple of days. Here, when crossing your weapons, in order to win, you would contribute to the friendship consolidation between our countries, and also to the good fellowship of our big fencing family. I strongly believe, that with the support of our wonderful Organizing Committee, everything will be professionally taken care of and they will do their best to be an excellent host.

I hope, that when leaving this place, everyone of you will carry back home the memory of the Bulgarian hospitality, the scent of the Bulgarian roses and, of course, many new friends.

Dear Friends, I hope that you would fall in love with my country!

Velichka Hristeva
President of the Bulgarian Fencing Federation

Ladies and gentlemen,
Dear young contestants,

It is a great honour for me to welcome you today as participants and guests of the 2014 Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships, which Plovdiv is proudly hosting. Our city has got long traditions in organising international sport competitions and events. The World Rowing Senior and Junior Championships were held herein 2012 and with the bilding of new state-of-the-art sports arena, built according to all the modern requirements, Plovdiv will certify its distinguished position as a gathering point for not only cultural events, festivals and trade expos but also as a preferred host to gradually larger and prestigious sport tournaments and competitions.

I am confident that during the World Fencing Championships the citizens and guests of Plovdiv will witness only the best that these young fencing talents are capable of.

I wish successful performance to all contestants hoping they achieve their desired results and to our guests I wish to be always able to remember and cherish the famous Bulgarian hospitality.

Ivan Totev
Mayor of Plovdiv