The first-ever Men’s EPE World Satellite Fencing Championship (Knights) is scheduled to begin at the Continental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, today. Over 150 fencers are anticipated to compete.
The championship, which is an individual event for just males, is intended to raise awareness of fencing in Nigeria, according to Nigeria Fencing Federation (NFF) President Adeyinka Samuel, who spoke yesterday before the competition.
The success of Nigeria’s hosting of the African Cadet Fencing Championship in 2018 and 2022, according to Adeyinka, encouraged the international fencing organization to give Nigeria the hosting rights for the World Fencing Championship.
The world championship’s right to be held in Nigeria is now being exercised for the first time. With pleasure, we can also reveal that Nigeria has been granted the privilege to host the global championship for the next 20 years.
“Since the beginning of the 2022–2023 fencing season on September 1, three world championships and three world cups have been postponed for different reasons.
“The global men’s championship is still being held in Nigeria, which speaks volumes about the NFF’s tenacity and will. Nigeria is the only nation in sub-Saharan Africa having the authority to organize an international fencing competition.
Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia are the other nations. This demonstrates that hosting the World Fencing Championship is a significant accomplishment for the nation, he remarked.
“I would like to let you know that there are much less entrants for the World Championship than last year. This is because a number of variables are now being reevaluated for future championships.
The Nigeria Fencing Federation has worked hard over the last three months to protect its image. Up until Saturday, when the competition starts, entries are still welcome from member countries.
He continued by saying that the organization will also hold a minor championship (Knights junior) in addition to the main competition for ambitious fencers between the ages of seven and nine.
The junior championship is a complimentary event to mark World Fencing Day. Nigerian fencers are in excellent form to compete in the international competition, he said.