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17.06.2022 16:44


Extraordinary Congress Planned



Extraordinary Congress Planned

At the EFC Congress held in Antalya Turkey before the commencement of the 2022 Senior European Championships, Acting President and General Secretary Jacek Slupski addressed all delegates and gave details of key dates for the EFC calendar.

In the first in-person congress since the pandemic, the issue that dominated Slupski’s speech, was the sport’s recovery from the impact of Covid-19 and, even more so, the ongoing situation in Ukraine. Slupski spoke of how “Athletes are suffering from the decisions made by their governments … but this does not discharge International Federations from making difficult decisions.”

Slupski followed his remarks with confirming to Congress the news of the departure of ‘our esteemed friend’ - the EFC President Stanislav Pozdnyakov, wishing him “the best of luck in managing his national Olympic Committee during these trying times.”

Slupski also confirmed the need for an Extraordinary Congress – to be held at a date to be decided – hopefully end September/early October - to elect a new incumbent for the presidential position. He announced news of the organising hosts for forthcoming Major Championships, with Tallinn, Estonia holding the 2023 Junior and Cadet tournament. Basel, Switzerland in 2024 and Genoa, Italy in 2025 are set to host the Senior Europeans. The congress even approved the annual report for 2021, budget for the next financial period, changes on the statutes and internal rules.

News that the EFC will adopt an Under-14 competitive category to add to its ‘flourishing Cadet competitions’ underlined Slupski’s urging “to focus on fencing instead of politics.” He acknowledged “Fencing is our DNA and the development of it is our true mission. I am excited that especially now, despite the difficulties we have been facing and continue to face, we are about to start a great fencing event: the Senior European Championships.”

Concluding his Championships-eve address, Slupski offered his good luck wishes for the tournament, thanking all the teams that successfully organise the EFC’s major competitive events, with a special mention to current hosts Turkey, as well as pledging the early confirmation by COMEX of date and location for Elective Extraordinary Congress.