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 WELCOME ADDRESS FOR THE WORLD FENCING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN MOSCOW



GREETING
FROM
PRESIDENT
OF INTERNATIONAL
FENCING
FEDERATION
ALISHER
USMANOV

Ladies and gentlemen,


On behalf of the International Fencing Federation, I would like to welcome you to Moscow for the World Fencing Championships.

This is the main tournament of the year, bringing together the best fencers in the world.

I have no doubt that the championships will be a sporting celebration for all of the fans. We will witness spectacular and entertaining duels.

The Russian capital is a city with great history and rich sporting traditions.

Moscow has hosted international tournaments at all levels from the Olympics and World Youth Games to the world championships in a range of sports, including the 1966 World Fencing Championships.

Fencing is one of the original sports of the Olympic movement, existing from the very beginning.

The International Fencing Federation pays considerable attention to increasing the appeal of the sport and improving access.

I can confidently say that a lot has already been done and we have made remarkable progress.

This has enabled athletes, media, and, above all, fans to enjoy tournaments at the highest level.

A lot of work has gone into staging the 2015 World Championships and I am sure that it will be a success.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Ministry of Sport of the Russian Federation, the Moscow city authorities and the Russian Fencing Federation for their substantial contribution to the organisation of this sporting event.

I am grateful to all of the athletes, coaches, referees and volunteers for their dedication to our sport.

I wish all of the competitors and tournament organisers the best of luck.

May the best athlete win!

Alisher Usmanov
FIE President

           
       
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