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The year of Italy as World Fencing Capital

Fencing World Championships Milan 2023 in the spotlight at the BIT in Milan

Milan, 13 February 2023. Today, at the International Tourism Exchange in Milan, the event ‘The Year of Italy as World Fencing Capital’ was held to pay homage to the double ‘Italian’ World Championships of 2023: Milan for Olympic fencing, an event scheduled from 22 to 30 July 2023, and Terni, from 2 to 8 October 2023, for the Paralympics. Two unique events not only from a competitive point of view, but also as an international showcase for the promotion of the host territories.

The presentation of the Milanese event saw, among the speakers, the President of the Organising Committee of the Milan 2023 World Championships, Marco Fichera, the President of the Italian Fencing Federation, Paolo Azzi, and the Councillor for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policies of the Municipality of Milan, Martina Riva. A parade of stars, many champions competing in the hunt for rainbow titles and qualification for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games for the eighth world championship organised in Italy, hosted in Milan for the first time. Milan 2023 represents an extraordinary moment of promotion not only for fencing, but also for Milan and the whole country: a great opportunity for the territory and for the promotion of tourism.

‘We are now a little over five months away from the start of the great Milan 2023 event. A lot of work has been done and there is still more to do for an international event of great importance,’ said Marco Fichera, President of the Milan 2023 Organising Committee. ‘Milan 2023 is for the city of Milan, Lombardy and Italy a great opportunity for development and growth, also territorial. The city of Milan, in fact, will be invaded by more than 1,500 athletes from 165 countries for a major international event valid for Qualification for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and intrinsically rich in values: fairness, education, respect and discipline. Milan 2023 will attract international tourists and visitors, thus promoting Italy all over the world’.

“Our presence at the BIT is by now an important, pleasant and strategic habit to affirm the authentic and virtuous binomial between fencing and tourism – the words of the President of the Italian Fencing Federation, Paolo Azzi -. Particular prominence, of course, has the focus that we have dedicated to the two World Championships that will be hosted in Italy in 2023. In this special year, in fact, Milan and Terni will not only be the venues of the major rainbow competitions, even more important because of the qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris 2024, but also the destinations of tens of thousands of people from all over the world who, through these fencing events, will have the opportunity to know and experience the territories that host them. A great opportunity, which we are proud to present and to which, together with the Organising Committees and institutions, we are constantly working to make the Italian World Championships memorable events”.

“We are looking forward to the Fencing World Championships Milan 2023,” commented the Councillor for Sport, Tourism and Youth Policies of the Municipality of Milan, Martina Riva. “It will be an honour for a city like Milan, which boasts an important tradition in this discipline, to be the scene of such a high-level competition. In July, the best athletes in the world will compete here for access to the 2024 Paris Olympics. Major sporting events are one of the engines that fuel and give dynamism to the tourist system of the host cities. For this reason, I am certain that the Fencing Championships will allow Milan to consolidate its role both as the capital of international sport and as an unmissable venue for international events’.