The opening ceremony of the Russian U18 Fencing Championships was held in Kazan. It was attended by The First Deputy Minister of Sports of the Republic of Tatarstan Khalil Shaikhutdinov, representative of the Russian Fencing Federation Yaroslav Maltsev, Vice-President of the Fencing Federation of the Republic of Tatarstan and Olympic champion Nailia Giliazova attended the ceremony. They welcomed the tournament participants and wished them sports victories.
“It is great that the geography of fencing is growing, and Tatarstan stands the pace. Our Republic is proud of its Olympic champions and their coaches, whose names are known all over the world. Good luck to all participants, enjoy your stay in Kazan”, said Khalil Shaykhutdinov.
Yaroslav Maltsev, on behalf of the President of the Russian Fencing Federation Alexander Mikhailov, gave a welcome speech: “We understand that those who are just starting their journey into world-class sports are to compete for the European, Olympic and world fencing titles in a few years. I want to hope that this tournament will become a good start for many participants in their sports career. Kazan has a great experience in holding large-scale competitions, and I am sure that the Russian U18 Fencing Championships will be held at a high level and will turn into a real fencing festival for everyone”.
The competition, which will be held at the Boxing and Table Tennis Centre, will bring together over 1000 best fencers under 18 from all over Russia, including the 2018 European Champions (foil fencers Dmitry Osipov, Egor Barannikov, Danila Kravtsov and sabre fencer Maria Zinyukhina), European U18 Leg winners (foil fencer Alina Borodaenko, sabre fencers Dmitry Nasonov and Vlada Plekhanova, epee fencers Artur Tolasov, Vladimir Tolasov, Kirill Gurov, Ella Minnullina) and others.
Kazan, the sports capital of Russia, has repeatedly hosted fencing championships, such as the European Fencing Championships 2011, the Summer Universiade 2013 and the World Fencing Championships 2014.
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