EUROPE SHINES AS FIE CLOSES SEASON
WEAPON RANKING WINNERS ANNOUNCED ALONG WITH PLANS FOR 2021
The FIE has announced the weapon ranking winners for the 2019-20 season with fencers from the European zone making a strong showing.
In the Senior disciplines, European fencers claimed five of the six individual official ranking titles. Congratulations to epeeists Ana Maria Popescu (ROU) and Sergey Bida (RUS), foilists Inna Deriglazova (RUS) and Alessio Foconi (ITA) and sabre fencer Olga Kharlan (UKR). European countries also claimed half of the team official ranking titles with France finishing top of Men’s Epee and Russia leading both Women’s Foil and Women’s Sabre.
It was even better news for the zone as the official Junior ranking titles were confirmed. All six individual titles were taken by European fencers, with the Italians making a terrific impact. Congratulations goes to epeeists Gaia Traditi (ITA) and Giulio Gaetani (ITA), foilists Martina Faveretto (ITA) and Kirill Borodachev (RUS) and sabreurs Benedetta Taricco (ITA) and Luca Fioretto (ITA). Russia claimed two of the Junior team titles – Women’s Epee and Women’s Foil – along with Italy who topped Men’s Foil and Men’s Sabre. Hungry were crowned winners of the Women’s Sabre team rankings.
A full list of the winners is available here.
Referees were also honoured in the statement. Congratulations to European referees Florin Gheorghe (ROU), Natalia Zhuravleva (RUS), Isacco Scomparin (ITA), Mihail Paghiev (MDA, Ambre Civiero (SUI), Efstathios Gerossideris (GRE), Eleftherios Hatzopoulos (GRE), Vasil Milenchev (BUL), Marius Florea (ROU), Emmanuele Bucca (ITA) and Miklos Kosa (HUN) who were named amongst the best referees of the season. Ten of them were also announced as Elite Referees for the season ahead.
In addition to announcing the official ranking titles, the FIE confirmed the continued suspension of international competition until February 2021. However, it was also stated that “the 2020-2021 season will be opened soon on the FIE website” along with an updated competition calendar.
Finally, there were updates on the dates and locations of the congresses scheduled to be held in 2021 and anti-doping.
In a letter to all head of federations, the FIE’s President, Alisher Usmanov said, “The fencing family wants to resume competitions as soon as possible and we are doing everything we can to implement a calendar, especially the competitions counting for the Olympic qualification. However, protecting the health of our athletes and participants is paramount. Once again, we consulted the FIE Medical Commission. The latter unanimously recommended not to resume competitions in January 2021.”
Usmanov concluded, “We are and always will be united and show solidarity. Fencing will overcome this hardship as it has overcome many others in the past. We will continue to reach new heights, but even stronger and even better.”
Further details about all of the Executive Committee’s decision is available here.