Then 20 year old András Szatmári was one of the greatest surprises of the World Championships of 2013. The Hungarian saber fencer made his debut in the seniors in Budapest, and was placed within the final 8 in the individual event. Moreover he was only one point short against the later silver medalist Nikolay Kovalev in the quarter-finals.
“The stakes are high, it’s no exaggeration to say that the road to Tokyo goes through Budapest” said Hungarian Fencing Federation (MVSZ) President Zsolt Csampa at a press conference for the World Fencing Championships which are being held in Hungary, during which it was announced that the federation as signed an agreement with Volkswagen. Close to 2,000 competitors from 130 countries will participate at the World Championship, for which fans can now purchase tickets.
The website of the 2019 FIE World Fencing Championships has launched, but it is by far not the first step of progress as the preparation works are already on for months. The expectation of the International Fencing Federation from the organisers is to host an event that is at least as high in quality as the 2013 World Championships were in Budapest.