SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (Nov. 28, 2017) On Saturday, the Federation Internationale d’Escrime selected Salt Lake City to host the 2020 Junior and Cadet World Championships during its annual Congress in Dubai.
The host of the last Olympic Games to be held in the United States, Salt Lake City will welcome more than 1,000 future Olympic hopefuls in 2020.
“USA Fencing is honored that the International Fencing Federation has chosen Salt Lake City to host the 2020 Junior and Cadet World Championships,” said Donald Anthony Jr., USA Fencing President and Chairman of the Board of Directors. “2020 will mark the 20th anniversary of the last Junior World Championships held on U.S. soil and we look forward to welcoming the international fencing community back to the United States. Salt Lake City has hosted numerous World Championship events in addition to the 2002 Olympic Games and we look forward to partnering with our colleagues at Visit Salt Lake and the Utah Sports Commission to make the 2020 Junior and Cadet Worlds one of the best yet!”
“We are proud to partner with USA Fencing to bring the 2020 Junior and Cadet World Championships to Salt Lake City,” said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “Having the World Championship return to the United States and Utah after 20 years will expand our international footprint and brand us ‘The State of Sport’.”
The 10-day event will take place from April 3-12, 2020 at the Salt Palace Convention Center with athletes competing for gold in Junior (U20) individual and team events as well as Cadet (U17) individual events and a Cadet mixed team competition.The Junior and Cadet Worlds has been a past proving ground for future Olympic medalists. Of Team USA’s fencing medalists at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, eight of nine were previous medal winners at the Junior and Cadet Worlds:
· Monica Aksamit (Matawan, N.J.), 2016 Olympic team bronze medalist and 2008 Junior World team silver medalist
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