A record number of participants – more than 2,000 children in grades 1 through 7 – entered the eleventh edition of the Golden Shuttlecock school student badminton tournament for the Sofia Cup. It was held on October 22nd of the current year and was organized by the Bulgarian Badminton Federation and ECOPACK Bulgaria, under the patronage of Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandukova.
Minister of Youth and Sports Krasen Kralev attended the official opening ceremony and awarded the winners in the grades 1-4 age group. “Badminton is one of the fastest growing sports in Bulgaria and we are one of the leading powers in Europe. This is an extremely accessible sport which can be practiced by the whole family and can be developed as a popular sport, as well as to train elite competitors. I would like to thank all the parents who encouraged their children to take up badminton. Not every child will grow up to be a professional athlete but each will keep the spirit, habits, and life lessons that come with sports,” said Kralev at the official opening. The Minister thanked ECOPACK Bulgaria for supporting the tournament.
ECOPACK Bulgaria Executive Director Todor Bourgoudjiev noted that the goal of this competition was to promote sports, a healthy lifestyle, and a responsible attitude to the environment among children and their parents.
The President of the Bulgarian Badminton Federation, Puzant Kassabian, presented Krasen Kralev and Todor Bourgoudjiev with a Golden Shuttlecock each as a token of appreciation for the support they have extended to the sport of badminton.
The tournament also honored Rio Olympic athlete Linda Zechiri, who performed a demonstration for the children.