27th Summer Universiade in Kazan,

July 6-17 2013

Fencers from 102 countries to come to Kazan for World Fencing Championships

Training sessions began for athletes who arrived in Kazan for the World Fencing Championships to be held in the Tennis Academy between July 15 and 23. It is already known that fencers from 102 nations will compete in the tournament. Representatives of 54 countries, among them Brazil, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Cuba, Slovenia, Morocco, Chile, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Thailand, Croatia, New Zealand, etc., have already arrived in Kazan. They are gearing up for the Championships in the gym halls of Volga Region State Academy of Physical Culture, Sports and Tourism. As for the Tennis Academy, last preparations are underway here to get the venue ready for the world's top fencers.

The academy's infrastructure is well-thought out right down to the last detail. It's a state-of-the-art venue which meets all requirements in terms of architecture, design and infrastructure solutions necessary for the hosting of the upcoming tournament. The venue has halls for both preliminaries and finals. 42 judges of the International Fencing Federation (IWF) and 79 national judges will officiate the event. 

The world's top fencers, Olympic, world and European champions will 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.

Press Department of Executive Directorate of Sports Projects