31ST WORLD MILITARY WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIP ADDRESS BY H.E. ZORAN JOLEVSKI, MINISTER OF DEFENCE OF THE REPUBLIC OF MACEDONIA 21 September 2016

It is my great pleasure and privilege to warmly welcome you to the Republic of Macedonia and to the 31st World Military Wrestling Championship. I am also very pleased to speak at the opening of this exceptionally important wrestling sports event. The Army of the Republic of Macedonia and its citizens are especially proud to be your hosts. The Macedonian people are known for their hospitality and I hope that you will enjoy your stay.

The soldiers are on the forefront of their country, they are the first in international peace missions and operations in helping the citizens and governments of other countries and in providing peace and security. They are also the first in building friendships, as you yourself say, “friendships in arms”. I am also certain that you will also become “friends through sports”.

Dear athletes,
Dear friends,

The participation of over 420 athletes, women and men, from 32 countries and 4 continents speaks of the spirit of friendship through sports, it also speaks that you believe in your capabilities.

The Republic of Macedonia has a long-lasting and vast tradition in wrestlings and therefore we are happy to be given the opportunity to host this military world competition. The organizational committee of the Ministry of Defence and the Army of the Republic of Macedonia undertook to provide the best conditions for preparation, training, stay and competition in our beautiful country. In this, we had the great help from the Government of the Republic of Macedonia, the Agency for Youth and Sports, the Wrestling Federation of Macedonia, the City of Skopje, and this outstanding Sports Center Boris Trajkovski and all other sponsors.

I would like o thank the members of the organizational committee who have worked relentlessly to ensure that this championship runs smoothly.

I’m convinced that you will you give your best in the wresting matchest, and in the spirit of the fair play defend the colors/flags of your countries. We will enjoy in the matchest. And I wish you to return home with medals, unforgettable memories from the Republic of Macedonia and strong friendships.

Thank you.

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