Dear athletes, distinguished guests, friends of rowing,
It is an honor to be here at the head of the Organizing Committee of the European Rowing Championships, which is to be held in Belgrade at Ada Ciganlija Rowing Course, 30th May – 1st June.
Allocation of the organization of the most important european rowing event is certainly a proof of serious and succesfull operations on behalf of Serbian Rowing Federation, and also a sure sign that the Serbian sport is seriously being invested in and that the system, that consistently delivers superior results, is being established.
Serbia and Belgrade will again have the opportunity to organize a big sporting event like the European Rowing Championships. To bring all european countries with the best rowers is a great honor and a great responsibility for our country.
I hope that all participants and guests will enjoy, not only sporting competition and fair-play, but also feel and recognize the energy, the knowledge and the hospitality of our people and keep coming back.
I believe that ambition and the desire for the highest sporting achievements will receive full confirmation at this Championships. There is no doubt that this will be an important stimulus for the way to Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
This is an opportunity to combine friendship and rowing, to provide athletes with the best conditions for achieving top results, and for the Republic of Serbia, City of Belgrade, and all who participate in the organization of this competition, led by the Serbian Rowing Federation, to be seen as good hosts and make staying in our city more enjoyable to our guests.
Welcome to Belgrade and Serbia!
President of the Organizing Committee of the European Rowing Championships 2014 in Belgrade
Mr. Predrag Peruničić, State Secretary for Sport of Ministry of Youth and Sport of Republic of Serbia