Distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, dear bowling friends,

On behalf of my presidium I wish all a sincere and hearty welcome to the 32st edition of the European YouthChampionships.

It is the third time that we are travelling with the most prestigeous Youth event to Vienna ; already in 1998 and 2013 the Austrian Bowling Federation (ÖSKB) hosted these championships.

This time we have to be very grateful (and we are) to the Austrian Bowling Federation and to PLUS Bowling Management, because less than six month ago they took over the Championships after the Presidium of ETBF had to remove the championships from Riga, Latvia.

I am convincedthat the organization of the Championships will do their utmost to make ourstay worthwhile. I wish the athletes a wonderful event and promote our SPORT ; Iask them to show, once again, that our sport is a sport that deserves its place at the Olympic programme.

I thank our national member federations for sending their best athletes.

To the supporters I say: enjoy the performances of the best youth players in our sport and take a chance to visit also the city.

Addie Ophelders
President ETBF