Dear Participants of European Fencing Championships U-23, dear athletes and coaches!
I greet you on the Armenian hospitable land.
Sport doesn’t recognize borders; it serves only the noble idea of unity, bringing up the spirit of fair and honest competition among athletes.
The Republic of Armenia is a country with great sports traditions. I am convinced that such an elite sports like a fencing that has a history of centuries, with its traditions and exceptional beauty, will serve for a long time to create new generations of athletes.
Fencing is one of the most popular events all over the world. Tens of thousands of people are engaged in this sport, as it is both sports and gymnastics for body.
All Armenians are proud with achievements of Yana Egorian, two times Olympic Champion of 2016 Rio Olympic Games. She is a source of inspiration and inspiration for hundreds of athletes. I am confident that in the future we will also be proud of young athletes, participating in these Championships.
Dear Participants of the Championships,
I once more congratulate all of us with start of the Championships and wish you fair competitions, successful performances and let the bests win.
MINISTER OF SPORT AND YOUTH AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
Dear participants, spectators and guests, dear friends!
On behalf of the European Fencing Confederation and on my own behalf I am glad to welcome all the athletes, coaches, officials and guests of 2018 European U-23 Fencing Championships.
European U-23 Championships – is the principal tournament for those athletes, who already grew out of the juniors and seriously compete for places in their respective elite National teams. This is a tournament where young masters try to show their probably best fencing.
This year the U-23 Championships will for the first time be held in the capital of Armenia. Yerevan – the city that will celebrate its 2800-th anniversary in 2018. The city of a great history and even greater fencing traditions.
I am confident that this Championships will bring us exquisite and emotional fights.
Sportive world remembers the names of fencing masters – Edward Avakyan, Ashot Karagyan, Georgy Poghossoff and many others…
The fact that the most important youth fencing competition of the season will held here makes me extremely happy. I sincerely hope that the tournament will produce a powerful impetus to development and revival of Armenian fencing traditions.
The Organisers commit themselves to ambitious obligations – but I am assured that they will accomplish their mission with dignity and hold a top-level Event.
In conclusion I wish fair and uncompromised bouts to all the participants, bright emotions and unforgettable impressions – to all the fans and guests of the Armenian capital.
European Fencing Confederation
On behalf of Fencing Federation of Armenia and on my own behalf welcome athletes, coaches, referees, guests and spectators of the Championships 2018!
At first the European Fencing Championships U-23 will be held in Yerevan, capital of the Republic of Armenia. I am sure that these competitions will be the significant events for athletes and their coaches, as well as fans of these wonderful sports.
Our country has always been famous for its good sports traditions. Many fencers with their high achievements contributed to the development of Armenian fencing. They showed a personal example for young athletes thanks to their persistence, patience and desire for victory.
Fencing is deservedly popular in Armenia. Ashot Karagyan, Armen Navasardyan, Armen Grigoryan, Valentin Chernikov and many others have already written their names in the history of these beautiful and elegant sports.
We sincerely believe that the new generation of our athletes will become worthy continuers of the fencing traditions in Armenia with their performances at international competitions. European Championships among youth under-23 give them such a chance as to all other athletes, who will come to Armenia, Yerevan.
I gladly welcome all the foreign guests of the Championships and I wish you a successful performance. I hope that you will also have an opportunity to get to know Armenia and hospitable inhabitants of our country, to feel the atmosphere of friendship and openness of our people.
I am sure that we will be able to arrange a bright and memorable holiday as well as we will do our best to organize the Championships at the highest level, in the spirit of uncompromising and honest struggle. I wish all the participants of the competitions every success and to all spectators - a bright sport spectacle and unforgettable impressions!
PRESIDENT OF FENCING FEDERATION OF ARMENIA