The opening ceremony of CONIFA European Cup held in Stepanakert

President of Artsakh Bako Sahakyan in his opening speech said: “Numerous guests, including state officials, from different countries across the world have arrived in Artsakh. I would like to welcome the President of brotherly South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, CONIFA President Per-Anders Blind, CONIFA Europe President Alberto Rischio and note that it is a great honor for us to host you in Artsakh. This is the first time that this kind of an international sports event is taking place here. Massive and painstaking work has been carried out to organize the championship properly. I hope that both athletes and fans will be satisfied with the games. Sports, especially football, is one of the unique areas that must unite populations and people, strengthen friendship and mutual respect between them, contribute to establishment of relations and much more. Sports doesn’t know boundaries and restrictions, discrimination and double standards.”

Bako Sahakyan expressed his gratitude to everyone who had contribution in organizing CONIFA Euro 2019.