01-10 APRIL


Dear friends,

On behalf of the International Fencing Federation, I welcome the participants and guests of the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships. For young athletes, the tournament that involves young musketeers from all over the world is a major event of the year. I am confident that young athletes will be able to use their skills to represent their countries at the World Championships which is a great honor for everyone. We will watch the most exciting bouts. Over their 30-year history, junior championships had as participants many fencers who became the stars of our sport, winning the most prestigious tournaments – World Championships and Olympic Games. I am confident that these competitions will give rise to new talents. Plovdiv may be considered Bulgaria’s fencing capital. This city, together with the Bulgarian Fencing Federation, already hosted the Junior and Cadet World Championships in 2004 and 2014. It is a challenge to organize and conduct such a major sporting event. I would like to express my gratitude the city authorities, the Bulgarian Fencing Federation and, especially, to Ms. Velichka Hristeva for her great enthusiasm and efforts. This event will, undoubtedly, be a great success and become one of the best fencing tournaments of the year. I wish the athletes to achieve their goals, I wish coaches to be wise and patient, and I wish the audience to enjoy exciting fencing bouts.

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