Fans of sabre fencing will meet the strongest sabre fencers of the current generation at the 2013 Moscow Sabre
On March 22nd-24th, 2013 the capital of Russia will for the 38th time host international tournament “Moscow Sabre” which will be held at the universal sports hall “Druzhba” of the Olympic sports complex “Luzhniki”.
Like in the previous years we expect the world leading sabre fencers to attend the tournament. After the 2012 Olympics many of them have taken a break in training and competition, but they usually make a point not to miss “Moscow Sabre”.
“Moscow Saber” is one of the most prestigious international tournaments in this fencing discipline. The competition was held for the first time in 1973 and since the time it has become a traditional one (it was only cancelled in 1991, 1993 and 2003). Over the years outstanding fencers from Italy (Aldo Montano, Luigi Tarantino, Gioia Marzocca), France (Julien Pillet, Boris Sanson and Anne-Lise Touya), Hungary (Imre Gedővari and Domonkos Ferjancsik), Poland (Rafal Sznajder, Alexandra Socha, Bogna Jozwiak), Bulgaria (Vasil Etropolski), Romania (Mihal Covaliu, Catalina Gheorghitoaia), the USA (Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson, Keeth Smart) and other countries have participated in the tournament and won its medals. However, the highlight of the event have always been brilliant Soviet and Russian masters, such as Viktor Sidyak, Eduard Vinokurov, Vladimir Nazlymov, Viktor Krovopuskov, Mikhail Burtsev, Georgy Pogosov, Andrei Alshan, Grigory Kirienko, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, Sergey Sharikov, Alexey Diachenko, Alexey Yakimenko, Elena Netchaeva, Sofya Velikaya, Ekaterina Fedorkina, Ekaterina Diatchenko and many others.
“Moscow Saber” tournament has a number of its own record holders. Russia’s Stanislav Podznyakov won the event six times (1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000 and 2008), while Viktor Sidyak (USSR), Georgy Pogosov (USSR/Ukraine) and Alexey Yakimenko (RUS) won three times each and Imre Gedővari (Hungary), Vadim Gutzeit (USSR/Ukraine), Elena Netchaeva, Ekaterina Diatchenko, Sofia Velikaya (all Russia) won twice.
In 2012 it was the last qualifying event for the Olympic Games in Sochi; in 2013 we hope to see athletes, who will in four-year-time compete for the Olympic medals in Rio de Janeiro. They are recognized leaders of international sport, who have not sheathed their weapons and hope to achieve remarkable results in the new Olympic cycle: the 2012 Olympic Champion and silver medalist Áron Szilágyi (Hungary) and Diego Occhiuzzi (Italy), Beijing Olympic Games Champion Zhong Man (China), France’s Julien Pillet and Bolade Apithy, Germany’s Nicolas Limbach, Belarus’ Aliaksandr Buikevich and, naturally, the Russians: the London Olympic Games bronze medalists Nikolay Kovalev, World Champions Alexey Yakimenko and Veniamiv Reshetnikov.
The competition for women will be held in Moscow for the tenth time. In addition to the Russians – the London Olympic Games silver medalist Sofya Velikaya, World Champions Yulia Gavrilova, Ekaterina Diatchenko, Dina Galiakbarova – the competition will feature two-time Olympic Champion (2004, 2008) Mariel Zagunis (USA), the 2012 Olympic Champion Kim Ji-Yeon (South Korea), 2013 Olympic Games bronze medalist Olga Kharlan (Ukraine), Aleksandra Socha and Bogna Jozwiak (both Poland), Italy’s Irene Vecchi and Gioia Marzocca.
The tournament will take place in the USH “Druzhba”, which was built to host competitions of the XXII Olympic Games in 1980. The project’s authors are architects I.A. Rozhin (who constructed “Luzhniki” in 1956), Yu. Bolshakov and V. Tarasevich. The USH “Druzhba” is located on the banks of the river Moscow, next to the “Sparrow Hills” subway station and its shape resembles a starfish. It hosted volleyball tournament during the 1980 Olympic Games. The main competition floor (40 x 40 m, with 20m-high ceiling) is surrounded by spectators’ seats on all four sides; the upper bowl is stationary, while the lower one can be easily packed and removed. This provides flexibility to create different kinds of fields and the venue’s capacity varies from 1700 to 3500 spectators. Today it hosts competitions in futsal, volleyball, basketball, ballroom dancing, rhythmic gymnastics, international and national competition in various martial arts (fencing, karate, judo, boxing, sambo).