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.