Successful presentation in Milan
The Fencing World Championship in Budapest was also a hot topic in Milan at one of the most famous tourist exhibitions in the world. The Hungarian Fencing Federation (MVSZ) was represented by Secretary-General Henriette Tamás while István Iglói-Nagy, Head of Sports Diplomacy on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Jenő Csiszár, Consul General of Milan, gave speeches on the progress of preparations in Hungary. The event was also attended by President of the Italian Olympic Committee Giovanni Malago and Italian Fencing Federation President Giorgio Scarso.
The BIT (Borsa Internazionale del Turismo) travel exhibition in Milan has been a reference point for international tourism since 1980, with industry professionals arriving from all over the world. The Hungarian delegation promoted the 2019 Fencing World Championship on Tuesday’s trade day at the fair.
"The communication between the Italian and the Hungarian federations is outstanding and in Italy they have similarly serious traditions of fencing as we have. It was an easy decision to accept the invitation to Milan”, said MVSZ Secretary-General Henriette Tamás, who also gave a presentation about this summer’s World Championship in Budapest. “This appearance is not only highly useful from a sports diplomacy perspective but also in terms of popularising the Fencing World Championship, since professionals and interested parties from all over the world attend this fair”, she continued.
The Hungarian presentation also received recognition from the audience, while the dynamism and colour scheme of the World Championship logo has also been highly praised.
“I get the feeling that Budapest is hugely popular and that professionals in international tourism recognise that there is good reason for our capital city being so popular with tourists. In our presentation held jointly with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, we endeavoured to show that the city has recently received many tourist destination awards” added Tamás.
The President of the Italian Olympic Committee and the Italian Fencing Federation were present at the Hungarian delegation’s presentation. According to the original plans, the Hungarian delegation was also to have been strengthened by the addition of Krisztián Kulcsár. The President of the Hungarian Olympic Committee (MOB) was due to arrive in the Italian city directly from this year's Winter European Youth Olympics Festival in Sarajevo, but his flight was cancelled due to a snow storm, meaning that he could only hear about the success of the Hungarian presentation after the event.
“I would have liked to have participated in the presentation because we have an excellent relationship with the hosts, the Italian Olympic Committee, and I with president Giovanni Malago and the International Fencing Federation, but I couldn’t travel from Bosnia due to bad weather”, said Kulcsár. “I spoke to Head of Sports Diplomacy for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade István Iglói-Nagy on the telephone after the presentation. I’m certain that he succeeded in promoting Hungary and Hungarian sport, and I shall be thanking our Italian colleagues for our invitation to the event”.
Kulcsár also talked about the fact that as a former épée competitor he only had a slightly greater insight into the Budapest Fencing World Championship than other domestic sporting events, but he is sure that Hungary will this year again organise an outstanding World Championship, just as it did in 2013.
“In recent years, the government and the Ministry of Human Resources have been paying great attention to supporting those sports in which Hungary is organising prestigious world events, meaning that organisers can perhaps count upon even more support than they could in the past. The World Championship is the most important phase of the Olympic qualification process so competition will be incredibly intense in all disciplines. Fans of traditionally strong Hungarian sports will have a very good summer, thanks to Budapest also hosting the fencing modern pentathlon world championships and Szeged hosting the ICF Canoe Sprint World Championships in August, these other events also acting as qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics”, concluded Kulcsár.