Wheelchair Fencing Presented at FIE World Championships in Leipzig, Germany.
IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Chairman, Pal Szekeres, Secretary General, Udo Ziegler, Head of the Promotion Commission, Ksenia Ovsyannikova pormoted Wheelchair Fencing at the 2017 FIE World Fencing Championships in Germany.
Representatives of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee presented wheelchair fencing to spectators, athletes, coaches and the other fencing leaders and sports managers during the 2017 FIE World Fencing Championships held in Leipzig, Germany.
IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Chairman, Pal Szekeres, Secretary General, Udo Ziegler, Head of the Promotion Commission, Ksenia Ovsyannikova and Head of the German Wheelchair Fencing team, Ira Ziegler attended the competition, hosted in Arena Leipzig Stadium in Eastern Germany to promote wheelchair fencing.
The bronze medal winners of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing U17 & U23 World Championships, Maurice Schmidt (U23) and Julius Haupt (U17) provided spectators, athletes and coaches attending the Championship with exciting live bouts in both foil and sabre.
The Wheelchair Fencing was supported by the top fencing athletes including, Aron Szilagyi (HUN – Olympic Champion Rio 2016), Inna Deriglazova (RUS – Olympic Champion 2016 and World Champion 2017), Yuki Ota (JPN – World Champion 2015), Yana Egoryan (RUS – Olympic Champion 2016 individual & team) and Claudia Bokel (GER – 2001 World Champion Epee, 2006 European Champion Epee). The competition venue also played host to constructive discussions with Japanese representatives from the Tokyo 2020 Games and Promotion Commission members Lars Pickardt (GER), Vincent Elias (AUS) and Carl Borack (USA).
Many thanks to the following organisations that supported the stand;
German Wheelchair Fencing Section of DRS
Special thanks to the German Fencing Federation, FIE and the Local Organising Committee for their support and the opportunity to present our sport at this fantastic sporting event!
Article by: Ksenia Ovsyannikova