— Published 10 September 2021

Fencing back in the spotlight


No one can stop them. With less than two years to go, the Association of European Olympic Committees (EOC) has added another sport to the programme of the 2023 European Games in Poland. This time, the chosen one is more in line with the traditional appointments, since it is fencing. An agreement has been reached between the EOC and the European Fencing Confederation (EFC). The agreement provides for the 2023 European Games to be used as a framework for the European Championships and to award ranking points in the run-up to the Paris 2024 Games. Fencing was already on the programme of the first edition of the European Games, in Baku in 2015, with a total of 12 events (six individual, six team). In Krakow and Malopolska, for the 2023 edition, the number of athletes and events will follow the rules of the European Championships, with the three Olympic disciplines: foil, épée and sabre. Fencing joins 3×3 basketball, archery, badminton, beach handball, beach soccer, boxing, breaking, canoeing, cycling, judo, karate, modern pentathlon, muaythai, kickboxing, padel, shooting, ski jumping, sport climbing, table tennis, taekwondo, teqball and triathlon. But the EOC insists that the list is not complete, and that new disciplines will be added to the programme.