The 2013 World Grand Prix Fencing Championships are coming to the Richmond Olympic Oval next month.
The tournament will attract approximately 125 of the world's best men's epee fencers and will be hosted by the British Columbia Fencing Association in conjunction with Richmond's own Dynamo Fencing Club, which is a major partner of the provincial association. The event is scheduled for March 23-24.
The Canadian Fencing Federation (CFF) reached a partnership agreement with the City of Richmond to bring the event here.
"The CFF is thrilled to bring this Grand Prix event to the Richmond Olympic Oval," says CFF President, Brad Goldie. "The B.C. organizing committee staged a highly successful Canada Cup event here in November with over 750 participants. The event was an overwhelming success and we have no doubt that they will stage a first class Grand Prix event. We are very excited about showing the world this great venue and showcasing such high level fencing in B.C."
It is anticipated the number of competitors, coaches, officials and families expected to attend the tournament will result in a solid contribution to the city's economic development goals.
"The City of Richmond looks forward to welcoming the best international fencers in the world to the Richmond Olympic Oval," says Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie.
For more tournament information visit www.vancouvergp.com.