Welcome to the 2013 Veterans World Championships.
Fencing is a sport with rich history and customs. Its beauty captivates people of all ages. Moreover, for many of us fencing represents an attitude, sporting mastery and adherence to traditions.
Every year, the Veterans World Championships attracts athletes from all over the world. Over the years, it has served as the place to meet like-minded people and has become a memorable occasion for all participants. The creation of the Specialised Fund to Support Veterans Fencing is a reflection of the importance of the development of our sport across all age groups around the world.
My sincere thanks go to everyone who has contributed to organising this competition: the state and city authorities, the local Organising Committee, and all official representatives and volunteers.
I wish the participants, athletes and coaches all the best, and may these World Championships be a great experience for all of us.
President of the International Fencing Federation
Dear Participants in the World Championship for Veterans – Varna 2013,
Dear Managers, Trainers and Attending Officials,
I am particularly happy that my country shall be the host of a splendid event. A meeting of hundreds of veterans who are united both by their love for fencing and the friendship, having brought us together over the years.
I am happy that you shall have the chance to see my wonderful country, even it is just a small part of it,
The City of Varna, being at the crossroad of many civilizations and having centuries-old history, is situated on the Black Sea coast and is surrounded by marvelous natural and historic landmarks.
I am convinced that you shall not remain indifferent to the varied and delicious Bulgarian cuisine, as well as to the exquisite wines, which are not inferior in any way to the most renowned world labels.
I am sure that you shall be impressed by the friendly attitude of the Bulgarians and the warm hospitality of the organizers.
You shall become familiar with the vivid Bulgarian folklore and the unique Bulgarian yogurt and rose oil. And many other interesting things.
Dear friends, I hope that in addition to the battles on the fencing lane, we shall have unforgettable days together.
I am very happy that as hosts of the World Championship, we shall strengthen the tradition of competitions for veterans, the love for our beautiful sport and our friendship.
Looking forward to welcoming you to our sea capital – Varna
President of the Bulgarian Fencing Federation
Message for Varna
Dear Fellow Veterans,
this year the FIE will celebrate its 100th birthday under the slogan “100 years of excellence and innovation”.
We, the veterans, were one part of this innovation when we started in 1997 in South Africa our event – and we will celebrate our 17th edition of the veterans world championships this year in Varna, Bulgaria.
I am proud of this development which is getting larger and larger every year. And I hope that with the recently installed Endowment Fund of our President we can assist in the future even more federations and fencers to join the veteran’s movement.
Looking forward to the Varna organizers, who wanted already in 2011 this event and had to cancel their proposal due to economic reasons, they are now eager to show that they are capable to host you all in their city at the Black Sea. You are all most welcome – and let the number 17 of your championships become one of a memorable adventure. To combine this tournament with holidays is a good possibility to explore Varna and its region.
FIE Veterans Council