World and Olympic champions will be among the fencers to battle for glory when the MKFA International Epee Cup gets under way this weekend and you can witness all the action for free.
Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo, gold medalist at the London Olympic Games three years ago, headlines a strong field in the adults event on Saturday at Dubai International Academy in Emirates Hills.
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Spectators can also look forward to seeing two-time world champion Nikolai Novosjolov, who won gold in 2010 and 2013, in action.
And besides the adults competition, junior fencers will be on the mat on Friday at the same venue, hoping to clinch a medal in this prestigious tournament.
Now in its fifth edition, the event has been hugely popular. But it is the first time fencers of high pedigree will be participating in this tournament as they cross swords in the UAE.
It promises to be a thrilling event and certainly will provide plenty of enthralling encounters.
All eyes will be on Limardo, with the 30-year-old looking to add another title to his cabinet which includes two gold medals in the Pan American Games.
Tournament director, Mihail Kouzev said: “Of all the competitions so far, this has to be up there with the best.
“It will be a unique event, with a positive atmosphere and memorable finals are in store.
“We are honoured to welcome the Olympic champion Ruben and the two times world champion Nikolai Novosjolov.
“Our vision is to put Dubai on the world map of fencing and this event is an important milestone.”
VENUE: Dubai International Academy, Emirates Hills
WHAT: MKFA International Epee Cup
WHEN: Friday and Saturday from 10:00
Sport360 VERDICT: With Olympic and world champions competing, expect some thrilling contests.
CONTACT: For more information, visit www.mkfencingacademy.com.