Salt Lake City, Cairo and Zagreb land FIE events

The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has awarded hosting rights for three of its upcoming events to Salt Lake City in Utah, US, the Egyptian capital of Cairo and Zagreb in Croatia.

Salt Lake City will host the 2020 edition of the Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships, while Cairo will stage the 2019 World Veteran Fencing Championships. Zagreb has been assigned the 2020 World Veteran Fencing Championships.

The announcements were made during the FIE’s annual congress in Dubai, where the organisation’s president, Alisher Usmanov, outlined plans for fencing to become one of the most innovative sports on the Olympic programme.

Usmanov said: “The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has taken a landmark decision to include two team competitions in the Olympic programme. We have now ensured equal rights for all fencers to participate in the Olympic Games. This is not just another stage in the development of fencing, but a real breakthrough. 

“The trust of the IOC is not only a great honour, but also an immense responsibility. Our goal shall be to demonstrate at the Olympic Games in Tokyo that fencing is one of the most advanced, innovative and popular sports.”

The FIE also admitted the Angolan National Fencing Federation as a national federation, taking its total membership to 152.