Team of stars,including Katya Dafovska and RadoYankov, opens Interski Congress 2019 in Pamporovo.

March 14 2019

A team of the greatest sports stars in Bulgaria will open the Interski Congress 2019 starting in Pamporovo. Ekaterina Dafovska, Radoslav Yankov, Aleksandra Zhekova, Reneta Kamberova, Snezhana Decheva, Rumyana Neikova and Yordan Yovchev will ski down the Stenata (the Wall) track. This was made clear at a press conference on the occasion of the Interski Congress 2019, starting in Pamporovo on March 17. .

Ms. Tsvetelina Borislavova, chairman of the Interski Congress 2019 Organizing Committee, Assoc. Prof. Petar Yankov, Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Ski School Association, Mr. Marian Belyakov, Executive Director of Pamporovo AD, Ms.Slavka Chakarova, Chepelare Municipality Mayor, Mr. Marin Zahariev, Deputy Mayor of Smolyan Municipality and Mr.Nedyalko Slavov,  Smolian Regional Governor took part in the press conference.

Mr. Tomislav Donchev, Deputy Prime Minister for European funds and economic policies  and patron of the event, Mr. Krassen Kralev, Minister of Youth and Sports and Ms. Nikolina Angelkova, Minister of Tourism will be guests at the  Interski Congress 2019 opening ceremony to begin at 13:00.  The opening ceremony will be broadcast live by the Bulgarian National Television, media partner of the event.

‘Interski Congress 2019 is extremely important and significant for Bulgaria‘ said Ms.Tsvetelina Borislavova, Organizing Committee Chairperson. ‘Bulgaria won fairly the hosting and Pamporovo has made serious investments so that everything may happen at a sufficiently high level. Bulgaria hosts Interski Congress for the first time and thus ranks among the greatest ski resorts in Europe that have hosted such fora’ Ms. Tsvetelina Borislavova stressed.

Interski Congress 2019 will gather more than 1100 ski instructors and winter sports experts from 35 countries on 17 – 23 March in the Rhodope Mountains. The program includes hundred and twenty workshops on different strands – alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, snowboarding, freeskiing, telemark, training for people with disabilities, and more than 70 lectures. So-called night show performances are envisaged on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and every day there will be morning demonstrations of parts of freeskiing technique achievements. Levi and Kitzbuhel presentation of candidates for hosting the next Congress will take part on Tuesday.  

‘There will be six specialized zones in Pamporovo, not just a demonstration track, as it was earlier’ said Chairman of the Board of the Bulgarian Ski School Association Petar Yankov. Special free-style skiing and snowboard area was developed and a special Nordic cross-country skiing area was set up. The US delegation developed specialized zone for children training.

A social program will also be implemented within the Interski Congress 2019 frameworks for the first time. Hundred and twenty children from Smolyan and Chepelare families in financial difficulties will be trained free of charge and a special donation will provide them to practice skiing till the next ski instructors congress in 2023.