Georgi Parvanov
President of
the Republic of Bulgaria






Alisher Usmanov
President of



Velichka Hristeva
President of
Bulgarian Fencing Federation







Dr. Jeno Kamuti
President of EFC/CEE





Stefka Kostadinova
President of
Bulgarian Olympic Committee


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you in Bulgaria, in our ancient and beautiful town Plovdiv on the European Fencing Championships 2009.
The long-aging history of the Bulgarian fencing is full of traditions, success and initiatives. And fully deserved the Bulgarian Fencing Federation has been chosen to organize and host this Championships.
Fencing has a good reputation and authority in our country. A guarantee for its good future and success is the increasing number of girls and boys which practice this sport in Bulgaria.
I would like to wish you all very pleasant emotions during the European Championships and during your stay in our mother country.
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Dear friends,

The FIE is very pleased to celebrate, through the European Fencing Confederation (EFC), the 2009 European Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, and I thank the Bulgarian Fencing Federation for organizing this event.
The great fencing tradition in Plovdiv, which hosts a Grand Prix competition and a team men’s sabre World Cup every year, does not leave any doubt as to its devotion and experience that will make these European Championships a real success.
I am eager to follow again the performances of the best fencers offered by the European nations again and I know that they will rise to the occasion, since the European Championships represent the showcase of fencing on the old continent.
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Dear friends,
Dear fencers,
Dear guests,

I am glad to welcome you in my beautiful country, in my ancient town, which for a week will become a capital of the European fencing.

Traditionally Plovdiv hosts big and important fencing competitions and I hope that this time again you will find here one lovely atmosphere, wonderful conditions for fair play, for true friendship and that you will manage to carry back a piece from the hot temperament of the Bulgarian people.
I wish each one of you to attain his best results here and to come back in our town again and again.

Yours: Velichka Hristeva
President of Bulgarian Fencing Federation


Dear Mrs. President,
dear Fencing Friends,
dear Fencers, dear Guests.

The city of Plovdiv and the Bulgarian Fencing Federation welcome
the best fencers of Europe for the second time now, and we hope that
we will be witness of many noble competitions.

We state with pleasure how great development had been performed by
fencing during the past years all over the world. However, Europe
keeps its leading position due to the results and to its top level
organizational work.

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Dear organizers,
Dear participants,

It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the best fencers of Europe.
It is a wonderful fact that the city of Plovdiv will be a host of the European Championship – seniors and that fencers from the best European fencing nations will participate in that competition.
I am sure that the competitors will offer us one trilling tournament. It is a privilege for the citizens of Plovdiv that they will have the chance to be witnesses of this sport event and will have the chance to support the best Bulgarian and foreign fencers.

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