GREETING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION PRESIDENT, ALISHER USMANOV
On behalf of the International Fencing Federation and on my behalf, I am glad to welcome participants and guests of the Veterans Fencing World Championships, which are being held this year in the old Italian city of Livorno.
The veteran movement holds a special place in the fencing world. All those who do not imagine their lives without fencing and are ready, despite their age, to fight and win may practise their favourite sport over many years.
FIE VETERANS COUNCIL PRESIDENT MAX GEUTER
Welcome Fellow Veterans!
It is my special message to you all: the baby which was born in 1997 has become a twen – who had thought about this at the beginning?
After the FIE Congress in Guangzhou (CHN) had awarded the Veterans World Championships 2018 to Livorno, a “City of Fencing” in a “Country of Fencing”, I am extremely glad that one of last year’s champions in Maribor is involved and in charge of the organisation of this event.
GREETING FROM THE FEDERATION PRESIDENT, GIORGIO SCARSO
2018 is a very significant year for Italian fencing, celebrating 110 years of history. In fact, for the first time, Italy is hosting the Veterans Fencing World Championships.
The city hosting the most important event of international veterans fencing is Livorno, a city with an established fencing tradition, where many Italian champions were born.
Firstly, the city of Verona is hosting the Juniors and Cadets World Championships, secondly China is hosting the World Championships, and thirdly Livorno is hosting the third most important event of the FIE fencing competitions.
GREETING FROM THE MAYOR OF LIVORNO, FILIPPO NOGARIN
Livorno, 1892. In this year, practically in a different era, a firefighter sergeant who was born in Pistoia and was married to the daughter of the keeper of Livorno’s municipal building, decided to plant, next to the Quattro Mori monuments the seeds of the noble art of fencing.
His name was Beppe Nardi, and in 1892, one of the oldest sporting association, the Fides club, was founded. From this club many fencing talents were born, from that year until the present time. From that moment the city of Livorno and the destiny of fencing was tied into a very strong tradition.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
It is with great joy that I have the pleasure to invite you, on behalf of the organising committee, to the Veterans Fencing World Championships ‘Livorno2018’.
Together with the Italian Fencing Federation, the Tuscan Region, the district of Livorno and with the organising committee we worked with passion to create an event capable of giving emotions on the pistes and on our territory.
“Livorno2018” will unify ideally all lovers of fencing in one event full of charm and different aspects: the light blue of our sea will accompany us in an atmosphere full of art, culture, food and sport!
Beatrice “Bebe” Vio was born in Venice on 4 March 1997. She began fencing at the age of 5, and continued the sport until she was 11, when she was diagnosed with acute meningitis, which caused a chronic infection, as a result of which all 4 of her limbs were amputated. After a hospital stay and a period of intensive rehabilitation, she took up sport again, devoting herself to Paralympic fencing, using a special prosthesis to hold her foil. She is the only fencer in the world who fences with the use of an artificial hand. In 2009, together with her family, she founded the non-profit organisation Art4Sport, which provides “practical/organizational support to the families of amputee children to enable them to play and have fun every day through sport”.
Born in Mestre on 18 November 1961. He began fencing at the age of 7 in the glorious Mestre fencing club guided by the great master Livio Di Rosa. He entered the Senior National Championship at the age of 16 after winning the prestigious Rommel Trophy in Paris in the Senior World Championship Cup Challenge. Not yet eighteen years old, he won the first Senior Italian Championship.
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