Russia to host 2014 and 2015 Fencing World Championships
Russia will stage the next two editions of the Fencing World Championships after the International Fencing Federation (FIE) awarded the hosting rights for the 2014 and 2015 events to Kazan and Moscow respectively.
Kazan has stepped in to replace the Bulgarian city of Sofia, which was due to host the 2014 Championships, but had to withdraw for financial reasons.
The announcements were made at the FIE Congress, where the German city of Leipzig and the Qatari capital of Doha also presented their bids for the 2017 Championships.
The 2013 Championships were hosted in Budapest, Hungary from August 5-12.
In other news from the Congress, the FIE ratified Ghana and Samoa by acclamation as new member federations, increasing its membership to 149.
FIE president Alisher Usmanov said: “We would like to thank Kazan for their readiness to host next year’s world championships. The Russian Federation and Kazan responded to our request as no other cities expressed their interest.
“We are confident that Kazan can provide excellent facilities and infrastructure. Even with the little time left, the organising committee will be prepared to host a top level event.”