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2015 is one more special year for us – we have just hosted the first ever joint competition in baseball, softball and co-ed slowpitch – 2015 BALKAN BASEBALL&SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP. This was our 25-years old dream (to bring all Balkan baseball and softball family together) which come true with the support of WBSC and ESF.
For four days 148 young man and women from Slovenia, Serbia, Romania, Greece and Bulgaria enjoyed the nice weather, had 28 games all together and show to the public the beauty of sports. The event was under the patronage of Mrs. Stefka Kostadinova – President of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, Olympic champion and holder of the world record in high jump – 209 cm.
ESF president Andre Van Overbeek was decorated with the Olympic Committee medal “Spot for a peaceful world” and presented the awards on the closing ceremony.
This event is a logic continuation of our efforts to promote baseball and softball in Bulgaria and the region and I hope that it will become a solid brick into the base of European Softball.
Since 2008 when we place Bulgaria on the map of the organizers of European Softball Federation competitions we had the privilege to host more than 10 competitions (cups and championships) and I hope that we have confirmed the place of city of Dupnitsa as The Softball Capital of Southeastern Europe.
So … this year 12 teams will come together and will compete for the honor to one to become European Champions in Co-ed Slowpitch, other – to be promoted to European Premiere Cup Women 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!
As always 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