27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

World's top fencers to gather in Kazan for World Fencing Championships

One of the major sporting events of the year 2014 – World Fencing Championships – will be hosted in Kazan on July 15-23. Over 800 fencers from 100 countries (around 170 teams usually take part in the tournament) are expected to come to the capital of Tatarstan. The competition will feature men’s and women’s foil, epee and saber events. Call for entries from national federations is currently underway.

The World Fencing Championships events will be held in the Tennis Academy, one of the largest sports facilities in Kazan. This state-of-the-art venue has meticulously thought out infrastructure and meets all requirements of the International Fencing Federation in terms of architecture, design and infrastructure solutions necessary for the hosting of the upcoming tournament. The training facility is located not far from the competition venue, in the gym hall of the Main International Centre. According to the FIE officials, the Tennis Academy is the perfect venue for the event: halls for preliminaries and finals are situated at a single location. The tournament will be overseen by 42 internatinal and 79 national judges. 

The world's top fencers, Olympic, world and European champions will come to Kazan to compete for the world champion's crown, among them:

- Yulia Belyaeva (Estonia, epee) - 2013 world champion in the women's individual epee. Gold and bronze medallist in the team epee event, respectively, at the 2013 and 2012 editions of the European Fencing Championships.

- Nikolai Novosyolov (Estonia, epee) – two-time world champion in the men’s individual epee (2010, 2013), silver medallist in the team epee event at the 2001 World Championships, silver medallist in the men’s individual epee at the 2012 European Championships.

- Arianna Errigo (Italy, foil) – 2012 Olympic champion in the team foil event, 2012 Olympic silver medallist in the women’s individual foil, three-time world champion, four-time European champion, two-time World Cup winner.

- Veniamin Reshetnikov (Russia, saber) - multiple world and European champion.

- Nikolay Kovalev (Russia, saber) - 2012 Olympic bronze medallist, multiple world and European champion.

- Yana Shemyakina (Ukraine, epee) - 2012 Olympic champion in the women’s individual epee, Merited Master of Sport of Ukraine, Master of Sport International Class.

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