Excitement of FIE Grand Prix Series returns in January
The International Fencing Federation (FIE) 2019 Grand Prix Series is set to return to action early in the new year building on the success and excitement of this year.
The Grand Prix series drawn up by the FIE is once again made up of nine high level events spread across three continents, with three events held in Europe, three in the Americas and three in Asia.
They get underway with the first in late January 2019 before drawing to a close at the end of May. The Qatari capital of Doha is the destination for the first round of action which will see the men’s and women’s epee competitions from 25 to 27 January 2019.
That is followed by the first foray of the series into Europe with the visit to the Italian city of Turin for men’s and women’s foil competitions over 8 to 10 February.
A fortnight the action heads to the Americas and Cancun in Mexico for the men’s and women’s sabre from 22 and 24 February.
The arrival of spring and March sees a return to Europe for the Westend Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary and the second of the men’s and women’s epee competitions over 8 and 10 March.
That is closely followed a week later by the second instalment of men’s and women’s foil with the 2019 Absolute Fencing Gear FIE Grand Prix in Anaheim, California from 15 to 17 March.
April sees only one Grand Prix event with the men’s and women’s sabre in the South Korean capital Seoul from 26 to 28 April.
That leads into May where a week on from Seoul the action focuses on the men’s and women’s epee Grand Prix in Cali, Colombia from 3 to 5 May
Shanghai, China is the next destination a fortnight later with the foil Grand Prix held across 17 to 19 May, before the Grand Prix Series draws a climax with the final sabre Grand Prix in Moscow, Russia from 24 to 26 May.