The road to the Olympic 2020 and Paralympic Games is due to begin tomorrow with the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation’s (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Cup in the Georgian capital Tbilisi.
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An entire of 130 athletes from 20 republics is set to contribute to a competition scheduled to finish on Sunday (November 11). It is the primary event to take place in the qualification period for Tokyo Olympic, with presentations causal to a rankings list that will control finalists for the Sports. This will also be Georgia’s first time in holding the IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup. The World Cup topographies the foil, sabre and épée events in categories A-C in both the men and women’s rivalry.
Georgia’s foremost female wheelchair fencer and world champion Irma Khetsuriani are due to contest in the sabre category B, while Paralympic champion Jingjing Zhou of China will contribute in the women’s épée category A.
This time Khetsuriani is determined to put on a good show for her fans as the world No.1: “I want to thank them for their support, for love. They are giving us big positives and energy. I promise to do my best at this World Cup, to make them proud as they are full of pride when we are winning the medals. Thank you for my Georgians, I love you.”
In the women’s epee category, A, China’s Paralympic champion Jingjing Zhou will be hoping to bounce back from defeat at the Asian Championships in October
Dual new regional champions highpoint the entries in the men’s sabre category B. Canada’s Pierre Mainville protected gold at his home Americas Championships in Saskatoon in September. He was summarily followed by Poland’s Adrian Castro at the European equivalent with his first title. Greece’s Paralympic silver medallist Panagiotis Triantafyllou is another face to look out for.
The tables were twisted in the men’s foil category B at the Euros when Italy’s Marco Cima over first ahead of Great Britain’s world champion Dmitri County in third. Poland’s Jacek Gaworski is a reliable podium finisher in this event, with medals from together the World and European Championships. New from his Asian title, China’s Daoliang Hu will also be in the mix.
In the men’s rivalry, Pierre Mainville of Canada will eye in the men’s sabre category B after engaging gold at the Americas Championships in September. He will contest together with the winner of the European Championships, Adrian Castro of Poland.
European champion of the men’s foil category B, Italy’s Marco Cima, will be competing in the same event in Georgia, as will world champion Dmitri County of Britain. Tomorrow’s action is due to see category A and B of the men’s épée and category A and B of the women’s foil event.