Over 150 epee fencers from 30 countries will animate the World Cup of this capital from today thru Sunday, confirmed the methodology expert of the National Fencing Commission, Zuleidis Ortiz, to Cuban newspaper Granma.
Ortiz said that 14 of the 16 world ranking leaders will contest the event in the 10 fencing tracks at the Havana Sports City, venue for the event, with highlights for the Italian Mara Navarria, number one in the universal ranking list.
The event will count on the participation of 155 fencers from 30 nations, demonstrating the prestige of Cuba as a venue for fencing competitions, a discipline in which Cuba led in the Central American and Caribbean Games of Barranquilla 2018.
The Cuban team, very motivated to score points in the event for the world ranking, headed by Ceily Mendoza, individual gold and by teams from the last Central American and Caribbean event, followed by Gretel Carbonell, Giselle Franco, Yania Gavilán, Diamelys González and Yamilka Rodríguez, guided by the coach Nelson Loyola.
The World Cup will begin its actions this Friday, at 8:30 local time with the qualifiers, which will continue in the afternoon.
On Saturday from 9:00, local time, 32 contestants will cross their respective steels, then reduced to 16 before the quarterfinals and the finals, the latter programmed for 16:00 hours local time.
The competition by teams will start Sunday at 9:00 local time.