LAUSANNE, Switzerland (July 20) – The International Fencing Federation has issued a last call for bids to host Fencing Grand Prix and World Cup events for the forthcoming season through 2020.
National Federations interested in staging the competitions have until July 31 to apply for hosting rights to Grands Prix and Senior or Junior World Cups.
The bid application process, which was launched in the latter half of June, is aimed at balancing the demand for geographical diversity with that of preserving the flagship events that have played a crucial role in the development of the sport.
In this way, new entries such as Taipei, Cancun and Guatemala City can coexist in harmony on the calendar alongside the more traditional settings that have provided the foundations of the FIE’s competition portfolio for decades.
Experienced and aspiring competition organisers are therefore invited to send to the FIE Sport Department a completed Bid Document detailing every aspect of the event, including potential sustainability initiatives. Data collected from observer reports will complement the information provided from the candidates in order to appraise the bids.
The first draft calendar will be presented to the FIE Executive Committee for consideration by mid-September, while the final version will be unveiled after the FIE Congress, which gathers this year in Moscow to renew the governing bodies that will lead the FIE to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.