Dear friends!

On behalf of the European Fencing Confederation and in my personal capacity I am glad to welcome all the participants and guests of the Championship. It is customary that the European cadets and juniors Championship is the first among the most high-profile tournaments of the season. Even though these tournament is first and foremost the festival of the young European athletes, many of them have already made names for themselves at adult competitions, naturally, raising the profile of this tournament. I am sure, that in the nearest future the participants of this tournament will join the ranks of the World Championship and the Olympic Games winners.
The 2017 Championship is staged in Plovdiv. This city has gained a reputation of an excellent host for fencing tournaments, for example, the 2014 World Championship, staged here, was a tremendous success. Furthermore one of the major Sabre World Cup series is annually staged here. The organizers are always committed to making the delegations feel themselves as much as possible comfortable and to staging the tournament at the highest level.
With all my heart I wish to the athletes to perform the best and, as a consequence, to show the best results, to the coaches – that their mentees win, to all the guests – to have pleasant and productive time in one of the most ancient and beautiful Bulgarian cities.

Stanislav Pozdnyakov
President of the European Fencing Confederation

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