Around 700 athletes from about 100 countries are expected to participate. The finish line for entering delegations is on 8 August 2011.
This year’s World Championships are a significant milestone on the road to the 2012 Olympic Games in London. As usual at World Fencing Championships, the points obtained by each athlete are multiplied by 2.5 in individual competitions and are doubled in the team events. All results count for the qualification to the Olympic Games.
“I am convinced that Italy, Sicily and Catania in particular, will be capable of organizing a great event. I am struck by the enthusiasm and dedication of everyone to make the World Championships and outstanding success. Every year, World Championships are a big event, but with London 2012 approaching, the 2011 edition is even more important. When it comes to fencing, Italy is certainly among the strongest players, not only due to its highly successful athletes but also because of its know-how in organizing big events,” said FIE President Mr Alisher Usmanov on the occasion of the presentation of the World Championships in Rome on 24 June.
The IWAS 2011 Wheelchair World Fencing Championships will be held in parallel in the same venues. Luca Pancalli, Vice President of the Italian Olympic Committee and President of the Italian Paralympic Committee said: “I appreciate very much that these two events are held together. Sport makes no differences and fencing is the most evident example.”
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