Dr. Ching-Kuo WU
Dear Friends, I would like to welcome you all to the AIBA Youth World Boxing Championships here in Sofia, Bulgaria. Bulgaria is a wonderful setting for this year’s Championships, with a proud tradition in boxing. Our sport is one of the most important Olympic activities in the country, with the Bulgarian team having claimed 18 medals inside the ropes during their Olympic history. Indeed, of the two medals the country took at the London 2012 Olympic Games, one of them was by Heavyweight (91kg) boxer Tervel Pulev, who then became internationally famous for his excellent result. That medal also cemented boxing at the heart of the country’s Olympic program, as we move towards Rio 2016. It is an important statement of support from AIBA and the global boxing family that these Championships should be based here in the beautiful city of Sofia as we watch the next generation of boxers test their skills and continue their development as athletes on this, the highest stage of all. I would like to personally wish all the young competitors the best of luck and to remind them that their future is (literally) in their own hands. The Youth World Championships is of course the only qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, which goes some way to explaining the record number of entries this year. 105 Nations have sent a total of 781 athletes to the event, which is more than double than we had in the 2012 edition of the event. And with women’s boxing making its debut at the Youth Olympic Games, I am very much looking forward to witnessing the very best athletes taking to the ring to advance our beloved sport further still. However it is important to also put this important step into its proper long term context. Thus I would like to repeat the statement I made at last year’s AIBA World Junior Championships, where I said that to have gotten this far, every single boxer here has already proven themselves to be a cut above their peers. And I would like to remind all our young athletes whether victorious or not at these Championships, that the route to success in boxing is a marathon, not a sprint despite all that is at stake here. When you step into the ring at this stage of your careers, you either win or you learn. Losing is not part of the equation for you over the next two weeks and time is still on your side. I wish you all good luck.
Mr. Krassimir ININSKI
Bulgarian Boxing Federation
Dear participants and guests, It is my pleasure to welcome you at the AIBA Youth World BoxingChampionships Sofia 2014, Qualifying Event for Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing 2014. On behalf of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation I would like to express our gratitude, as well as thehonor we feel, at being trusted with hosting these championships of this range for second time. As an organization we hope to duplicate the successes of the past and magnify them, as we look into the future. Boxing is an integral part of Bulgarian sport, and as such we are excited to promote quality competition among the younger generations of international athletes. As for our young competitors themselves, I would like to wish them success in the coming weeks. You are the future of this sport and so it is my personal hope that each and every one of you performs to the upmost of their ability and achieves the standings they deserve. Remember though, that only a few will reach the top, and as such I would urge everyone to push themselves and to overcome their limits. These championships are the sole qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, but it is also a summit for some of the best boxers of your generation. Hundreds of you are here in Sofia to compete, all with bright opportunities yet to come. Compete, learn, and, whether you win or lose - grow; make use of this incredible opportunity to improve yourselves, in order to be better prepared for the trials in the future.
Prof. D.Sc. Mariana GEORGIEVA
Minister of Youth and Sports
TO THE ORGANIZERS AND PARTICIPANTS IN THE AIBA YOUTH WORLD BOXING CHAMPIONSHIPS
DEAR ORGANIZERS AND GUESTS,
DEAR YOUNG ATHLETES AND COACHES,
It is my pleasure and joy to congratulate you on the occasion of organizing and staging the AIBA Youth World Championships Sofia 2014! Warm welcome to Bulgaria to all foreign participants and guests. Our country is hosting world boxing championships for the second time which is an honour and responsibility for Bulgaria and shows that our country considers sport the best ambassador for peace. The significance and prestige of the competition are proved by the participation of 611 young people from 106 countries who will demonstrate their skills, sports spirit and talent under the conditions of strong competitiveness. To all athletes and coaches I wish good health, success and achievement of sports goals and dreams! I also wish successful performance to girls athletes who will take part in the Olympic qualification during the Championships. May you win here in Bulgaria so that your sports wishes come true at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games in August! Good luck!
President of the Bulgarian
On behalf of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, please accept our most sincere wishes for success in the forthcoming big boxing tournaments in Sofia. For two weeks, the Bulgarian capital will host the strongest young people on our planet, both boys and girls, who will demonstrate through their mastery the future of this attractive sport. The interest in the World Championship is quickened by the fact that it is the sole qualifying event for the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. I am confident that in the challenged and fair competition will rise of new names and stars, and Sofia 2014 will become for them the starting point towards new future heights. It is certain that many of the 600 participants expected here will be among the main participants at the next Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games. I would like to thank the Bulgarian Boxing Federation and in particular its president Krasimir Ininski for his consistent and successful efforts in developing this sport here. It is not accidental that he has been bringing us the most pleasant emotions recently, including from the latest Summer Olympic Games in London. Hosting the forthcoming Youth World Boxing Championship and Olympic qualifications at the Armeec Arena hall is another evidence for the worldwide reputation of Bulgarian boxing and of the Bulgarian Boxing Federation. Once again I wish success and lots of wins to the young athletes, representing more than 100 countries, here in Sofia! Good luck!