Germany refused to host the Fencing World Cup stage due to the FIE decision on the return of the Russians

Germany refused to host the Fencing World Cup stage due to the FIE decision on the return of the Russians

The event was supposed to take place on May 5-6 in Tauberbischofsheim

German Fencing Federation (DFB) refused to hold the next stage fencing world cup on rapiers among women.

The event was supposed to take place on May 5-6 in Tauberbischofsheim. However, the DFB spoke out in support of Ukraine and stated that they would be looking for an alternative for holding the competition.

“We stand in solidarity with the people in Ukraine who are suffering from the war. We want to give a clear signal that we would like a different outcome. We still see a large number of open questions that make it impossible to host the tournament,” said the head of the DFB, Claudia Bokel.

At an extraordinary FIE congress, it was decided to remove the ban from Russian and Belarusian athletes. The decision comes into force in the second half of April 2023. The International Olympic Committee took note of the decision of the FIE to allow Russian and Belarusian athletes to compete.

The Fencing Federation of Ukraine twice filed a request to block this decision, but their protest was not satisfied. In addition, the FIE allowed the official representatives of the Russian Federation and Belarus to return to the structures.

At the same time, the Lithuanian Fencing Federation and the Scandinavian Fencing Union did not support the decision of the International Fencing Federation.

Source: Sportarena

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