17.06.2019 0:00


Increased Funding and Media the Key Points Made at this Congressional Meeting


The European Fencing Confederation held its annual congressional meeting on day one of the 2019 European Championships in Dusseldorf, Germany.  There was a warm welcome from President, Stanislav Pozdnyakov as he committed more money and resources to the continued development of fencing in the region.  Furthermore, whilst encouraging federations to get their bids in earlier for the European Championships at all levels, he committed further support from the EFC to those countries.

In a far-reaching speech, Pozdnyakov congratulated the German Federation for their work on hosting this year’s Championships and noted the continued increase in the number of participants year on year.  He highlighted the increase in financial support from the EFC to host nations of the major regional tournaments, making particular mention of the Presidential Fund being used for TV production.

He went on to express the importance of showcasing the work of the federations within the European zone and proudly announced the appointment of the EFC’s first Media Manager.

He continued with a reference to the good work being carried out in the areas of the Cadet (under-17) circuit, development of referee education and the development of a series of educational workshops and seminars, making particular mention of the work being carried out by  Ana Valero-Collantes (SWE).

The house-keeping element of the congress went through without note but included reports from the General Secretary, Jacek Slupski (POL) and Treasurer, Nuala McGarrity (IRL).

Dates for next year’s Championships were confirmed as follows:

  • The Cadet & Junior Championships: Porec, Croatia, 22 February – 2 March
  • The Under-23 Championships: Liberec, Czech Republic, 27-31 May
  • The Senior Championships:Minsk, Belarus, 16-21 June

With Olympic qualification under way, Madrid in Spain was confirmed as the host of the European Zonal Qualification event.
The host countries were also confirmed for the 2021 European Championships as follows:

  • Cadet & Junior Championships: TBC, Serbia
  • Under-23 Championships:Trieste, Italy
  • Senior Championships:Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The President ended the congress by wishing all the federations’ fencers good luck for the Championships.


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