During 15 years of my career in armwrestling, I have never witnessed lawlessness, hatred and atrocities, such as those that I have observed during the EAF Congress in 2015 in Bulgaria. ()
During 15 years of my career in armwrestling, I have never witnessed lawlessness, hatred and atrocities, such as those that I have observed during the EAF Congress in 2015 in Bulgaria. What do I mean by "lawlessness and hatred."
You all know that by the decision of the WAF, or rather, by the decision of two people in the VAF, Alexander Filimonov was deprived of the right to vote, as well as suspended from his duties. It was obvious that we had to solve all the problems at the EAF Congress 2015.
Assen and Mircea thoroughly prepared for the Congress, and all that was written in their e-mail on Filimonov was reinforced with concrete actions.
Just a day before the start of the Congress, they sent a notice of a meeting of the Directorate by E-mail to all members of the Directorate. The European Federation Directorate meeting has never happened just about 2 hours before the start of Congress. I do not know what questions Directorate considered as not received information on the e-mail as well as EAF Vice-president Marjan Capla. Assen occasionally ran on him in the corridor of Bulgarian hotel and said that in a moment a Directorate meeting would start. Marjan Capla refused to discuss it with him, as we did not have a quorum. But as it turned out, they found a quorum. Absent due to illness for the past several years the chief referee Hari Naskali, who was absent this time also, was informed over the phone about Assen’s vision of the situation, and they have made decisions by a majority vote in this format - Secretary of the EAF, a vice president, Chief Referee and Assen Hadzhitodorov. This - the first iniquity, committed before the Congress. They stated that Alexander Filimonov is not eligible to attend the EAF Congress. Before this Congress was visited by almost everybody, as we have tried to make the work of the Federation as open as possible.
But the guys have gone even further. In front the meeting room door they put security, launched admission regime, and Alexander Filimonov, who came first to the Congresses Hall door, was said that he had no right to go in there. Goodbye!
Moreover, the armpower.net operator Marcin Koszalka was also not allowed to enter the room, he was said that that was a "private meeting" (!!!) and that the meeting is closed to the press. Despite the fact that Igor Mazurenko is the director of public relations and relations with media and television, the man with the camera was not allowed.
Also, they did not let a correspondent from Russia in.
Outrages were not over. The agenda of the Congress, of course did not include the problematic issues and discussions. The issue of Assen Hadzhitodorov temporary suspension was also absent in the agenda of the Congress. They went even further. They invited the Bulgarian lawyer, whom I know personally for 15 years and who is a personal friend of Assen Hadzhitodorov. This man, at one time, registered the Statute of the European Federation for us. Now he acted as Alexander Filimonov prosecutor without the presence of Alexander at the Congress. I believe that it is a scandal that a man facing charges from the mouth of a lawyer, despite the fact that the accused was not even allowed in the room and even was not given the opportunity to respond to the charges - I even do not mention having a lawyer from his side. It is a complete profanation.
Congress agenda items are not worth of mentioning now. Most of the items for discussion at the EAF Congress belonged to the World Federation competence, not to the European Federation. Here are some of them:
Changes in the rules of refereeing. Who but the World Federation can change the rules of refereeing - it is its direct competence.
Changes in EAF Constitution. How can we change the constitution, if the constitution is adhered to the World Federation Constitution?
In short, a complete nonsense and idiocy parade was organized at this Congress.
Then there was more and better. President of the Hungarian Federation - a great friend of Assen Hadzhitodorov - took a word and reported that in 2024 there will be 4 candidates for the Olympic Games - France, Germany, Turkey and the United States. In this regard, he suggested a creation of a «working group» of 3-4 people that will be lobbying the promotion of our sport discipline for Paralympics as a demonstration sport discipline. I asked him, why do we need to create such a group today if we do not know which country will win the contest? He replied that they had in Hungary a very strong lobby and so on. As a result, they talked a little and removed the item from the agenda.
The most important paragraph of the discussion, we wanted to know and hear was a score keeping software for the event. Hadzhitodorov’s answer was as follows: the new program is not a new program but an improved version of an existing program meeting WAF demands.