As planned, the European Championships were opened with the EAF Congress. ()
The congress was opened by the federation president, Assen Hadjitorov.
Unfortunately, much less people will compete this year than in previous years, but it’s still over 500 people: juniors, seniors and veterans – says Hadjitorov. – We’ve increased the number of drug tests by 40 this year and I hope that this will make for a better quality of the tournament. The finals of the tournament will be broadcast by major local and international TV stations; the whole event can be viewed online.
Hadjitorov thanked the organizers of the Azerbaijan Armwrestling Federation and wished everyone great fights. He also infirmed the audience that he will be meeting the Olympic Committee on the 15th of July – this might mean the entrance of armwrestling into the Olympic arena.
One of the points of Alexander Filimonov’s report was the subject of drug control.