The 2019 FIE World Fencing Championships has officially kicked off in Budapest with the event’s opening ceremony held at the Budapest Olympic Center.
Tünde Szabó, State Secretary for Sports, said it was an honor for Budapest to have won the right to host the event. "Hungary’s government aims to bring major sporting events to the country and with them the world’s greatest athletes," she said.
Szabó noted that Budapest has been named the European Capital of Sport for 2019, adding that “everything is in place” for this event to be one of the best world championships.
The event was officially opened by Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), who said the Budapest world championships would be a milestone in the history of the sport thanks to the record number of entrants.
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