5th July 2013
Lausanne, 5 July 2013 – In exactly one month from today, the 2013 Fencing World Championships competitions will kick off in Budapest, Hungary. More than 800 fencers are expected in Hungary’s capital to determine who is best in the world of fencing in twelve title events from 5 -12 August.
The Opening Ceremony will take place in the evening of 4 August, followed by two days of qualifications (5 and 6 August) while the first finals will be on 7 August in women’s foil and men’s sabre. Team competitions will start on 10 August.
One month prior to the event, the preparations for the event are well under way. On 4 July, the Hungarian Post issued a special stamp for the World Championships designed by Agnes Berta. The stamp shows two fencers during a fencing bout and 200.025 copies were released.
Many teams will feature athletes that have competed successfully in the 2012 London Olympic Games, such as Aaron Szilagy (HUN), Ruben Limardo Gascon (VEN), Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY), Andrea Baldini (ITA) and Elisa Di Francisca (ITA). Italian five time Olympic gold medallist Valentina Vezzali just gave birth to her second child in May 2013 and it is not yet sure if she will participate or not.
During the world championships, the FIE will celebrate its 100 anniversary and will show the FIE 100 Hall of Fame as well as an exhibition about the history of fencing and the FIE, making valuable fencing artefacts available to the public. Also, the elections to the FIE Athletes Commission will be conducted.
To stay informed and see the schedule of the event, visit the official website of the 2013 World Championships at http://fencing2013.hu/en/
Tickets are for the event are still available at http://fencing2013.hu/en/tickets/
Information for media wishing to attend the event:
Media registration is open until 29 July. To get the accreditation and learn about the Opening Press Conference visit http://fencing2013.hu/en/accreditation-2/
About the FIE: The International Fencing Federation (FIE - Fédération Internationale d'Escrime) is the international governing body for the Olympic sport of fencing. The FIE is based Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently, the FIE has 148 affiliated member federations.