Fencing’s World Championships head to China

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has announced that the Chinese city of Wuxi will host the 2018 edition of its Senior World Championships.

The FIE said the decision, confirmed during the federation’s annual congress in Guangzhou, China, was based on the Wuxi bid team’s ability to demonstrate the ability to stage the event in line with the sustainable and environmental requirements set out by fencing’s global governing body.

China has only played host to the event on one other occasion, with its capital city of Beijing staging the 2008 Championships. The 2018 edition will feature men’s and women’s individual competitions as well as team event across the disciplines of foil, sabre and épée.

This year’s Senior World Championships took place in the Russian capital city of Moscow, with the 2016 and 2017 events scheduled for Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and Leipzig in Germany, respectively.

FIE also used its annual congress to announce that the 2017 Cadet and Junior World Championships will take place in the Bulgarian city of Plovdiv, while the 2018 edition of the Veteran’s World Championship has been awarded to Livorno, Italy.