Wheelchair fencing launches calls for bids, considers changes to calendar

30/01/2024

Wheelchair fencing has launched a search for hosts for competitions taking place in 2025, 2026 and 2027 as it considers changes to the structure of the sport’s calendar.

Currently each season features around four-five World Cups spread between regions as well as satellite competitions. Regional Championships also take place every two years with the intervening years showcasing the World Championships.

New proposals are now being considered for four World Cups to take place every year alongside regional Championships. The Worlds would still be staged every other year.

This would mean that athletes will have the chance to compete at at least two high level competitions in their region every year, with one benefit being the cutting of costs of travelling for teams.

The proposals are currently being evaluated and wheelchair fencing is keen to hear feedback from athletes, coaches, referees and competition organisers.

All comments can be sent to [email protected]. Wheelchair fencing has reached out to the recently elected Athletes’ Council for their views and a series of ‘community calls’ will be held online.

These will give everyone involved with the sport the chance to talk about all current developments more generally throughout the year.

Bids for competitions for 2025, 2026 and 2027 are open until 1 May 2024. More information and bid documents can be found at wheelchair fencing’s website.