Wheelchair fencing to feature at 2022 Commonwealth Fencing Championships
Wheelchair fencers will get the chance to compete for Commonwealth titles for the first time in 2022 when medal events feature at the Commonwealth Fencing Championships in London, Great Britain.
Both individual and team events are planned for the competition in men’s and women’s category A and B in a single weapon, depending on demand. A demonstration event is also being considered where wheelchair fencers and able-bodied fencers will compete together in a team format.
The International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing is now gathering information from countries to establish how many athletes they have in each category and weapon. This will help determine the final programme.
Pal Szekeres, Chair of the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing Executive Committee, said: “It is great to be working with the organisers and national federation to create new opportunities for wheelchair fencers to compete at a high level.
“This is an exciting opportunity for athletes and countries and we hope to hold a really good competition in London. I encourage all Commonwealth countries with wheelchair fencers to get involved.”
The Commonwealth Fencing Championships are organised by the Commonwealth Fencing Federation and England Fencing. In 2022 athletes will gather at the University of East London SportsDock in a return to the area of the British capital that hosted the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
All relevant IWAS members have been contacted to ask for information about their teams. IWAS Wheelchair Fencing also encourages other Commonwealth countries to come forward. The data gathered will help IWAS Wheelchair Fencing and London 2022 establish the final medal event programme.