5000 spectators, athletes and officials saw the fascinating show “Dalla terra fuoco” (From the Land of Fire) in the beautiful surroundings of the Piazza Universita, in the heart of Catania.
In his opening speech during the ceremony, Alisher Usmanov, President of the FIE thanked the Italian hosts: “Italy is a true fencing empire and has influenced in many ways the progress in world fencing. My special thanks go to the authorities of the Region of Catania, the Italian Government and the organizers for their hard work, real commitment and dedication. Athletes from more than 100 countries will compete in Catania. This is a true record and wonderful result of our joint efforts to develop fencing all over the world.
In the end, Renato Schifani, the president of the Italian Senat, declared the Fencing World Championships 2011 open.
Earlier this day, the venue of the Championships, the Palaghiaccio, had been officially inaugurated. In the following press conference Alisher Usmanov said: “This event is the highlight of the FIE calendar in 2011 and it is the most important milestone on the way to the Olympic Games in London 2012. For many fencers, the results they achieve here in Catania will determine if they will fulfill their dream of participating in London 2012 or not. We are looking forward to another outstanding fencing event in the coming days.”
During the press conference, the 937 athletes were represented by three times Olympic Champion Valentina Vezzali (ITA) and four times World Champion Peter Joppich (GER). Valentina Vezzali said: “It is a great honour and pleasure to have the World Championships on home soil. I will strive for the gold medal.” Peter Joppich added: “I won four titles so far. To win a fifth title is my dream and would be an historic achievement.”
From tomorrow on, the athletes from 114 nations will compete for the coveted medals in the six disciplines, both individual and team.
The qualifications start tomorrow with men’s sabre, women’s foil, men’s epee. On Monday, the qualifications in women’s sabre, women’s epee, men’s foil will follow.
The first final day will be on Tuesday with the finals in men’s sabre, women’s foil.
The event is broadcasted by Eurosport and RAI Sport Due. From 11-16 October the event will be live streamed on www.fie.org where also live results are available.
|Time schedule 9 October (pdf - 193.59 Ko)|
|Pools men's epee (pdf - 279.85 Ko)|
|Pools women's foil (pdf - 146.26 Ko)|
|Pools men's sabre (pdf - 145.85 Ko)|