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2013 is a special year for us – we turn 25! Quarter of a century … Wow … I could still see myself back in the spring of 1988 – 25 years old student in the Technical University of Sofia waiting at the field of stadium Akademik (the old one) to run first ever in Bulgaria softball practice. A week before there was an announcement of my good friend, Bulgarian sports journalist Nikolay Mirazchiiski in “Srednoshkolsko zname” (Highschool flag) newspaper stating that we – Baseball and Softball Club Akademiks are staring a softball team. Frankly, I was a pessimist, even the idea was mine, so I was almost ready to escape when Nikolay showed up at the field with a group of over 30 young girls.
Than … you could imagine … practices, one more team, games, two more teams, first tournament (the pain that your team in not winning the first tournament), first championship, national team, first trip abroad, first European cup …
In 2008 we put Bulgaria and especially Dupnitsa on the map of European softball by having the European Cup Women B pool. Since then we had the privilege to host you in five more competitions and I hope that already we could proudly name Dupnitsa – The Softball Capital of Southeastern Europe.
So … this year 9 teams will come together and will compete for the honor to be promoted to European Cup Women pool A in the next year. Someone will triumph, someone will go back with some homework to prepare for the next year, but that’s the game … Good luck to everybody!
I would like to use this case and to congratulate all the participants: competitors, coaches, officials, umpires, guests and to wish them successful competition, no injuries, new friendships and which, I believe, is the most important -
TO ENJOY THE GAME!
Last but not least, I would like to extend the warm regards from the Dupnitsa mayor – eng. Metodi Chimev as well as from Peter Arbov – president of the host club “DEVILS”.
Youri Alkalay, Jr.
President of Bulgarian Softball Federation