Bled has so far hosted three World Rowing Championships at its unique and internationally famous natural course. These championships were successful in terms of competition and international coverage, which promises that the organization of this World Rowing Championships will be top-level as well. Just like the previous championships, the coming championship will be a big stimulation for young generations of athletes. It will show them that hard work, perseverance as well as physical and psychological conditioning can help them attain internationally comparable results.
The World Rowing Championships is also an excellent opportunity for Slovenia to prove that it can organize such an event and thus contribute its share to international sport and to the consolidation of bonds between nations all over the world. It is an opportunity to present and nurture true values, for the identity of the Slovenian sport.
As an independent country, Slovenia won its first Olympic gold medal in rowing, which is also the most successful sport in terms of the number of medals won at the Olympic Games and world championships.
Slovenia strives for a society that assures dignity and justice to all. I will be pleased if the organizers focus on the young generation and the disabled too and enable their active participation in the world of rowing.
The development of sport also requires the preservation of a sustainable environment. For Slovenia as a country of natural beauty the preservation of life in a healthy natural environment is of strategic importance.I am pleased that, in addition to the development of rowing, FISA is also concerned about raising awareness about environmental sustainability and the preservation of clean waters. I am convinced that competitors and their teams as well as guests of the World Rowing Championships will enjoy the beauty of Slovenia and Bled, which is a symbol of rowing and the unspoiled nature of the Julian Alps.
I am pleased and honoured to be the honorary sponsor of the 2011 World Rowing Championships and I am convinced that this event will have an important impact on the development of rowing, the local economy and the international identity of Slovenia.
Numerous organizations, individuals and volunteers, who have gathered their experience during the organization and realization of previous championships, international events and sport events, will assure a top-level organization of the championship. These individuals thus demonstrate their affiliation to rowing and at the same time reflect the maturity of our society. Their plans for the modernization of infrastructure and better presentation of the event show that we will witness an exceptional sports event of international significance.
I wish successful organization to the Organizing Committee, successful participation to athletes and a pleasant stay in our country on the Southern side of the Alps to all visitors.
Dr. Danilo Tűrk
President of the Republic of Slovenia