Hungary has won the right to host the World Fencing Championships and the World Modern Pentathlon Championships in 2019. Both tournaments will serve as qualifying events for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
Hungary was awarded the rights to host the tournaments at the respective congresses of the International Modern Pentathlon Union (UIPM) and the International Fencing Federation (FIE) on Sunday, according to a UIPM newsletter sent to MTI and the website of the Hungarian Fencing Federation.
The 2019 tournament will be Budapest’s sixth time hosting the World Modern Pentathlon Championships, having already hosted the event in 1969, 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2008. Budapest will be hosting the World Fencing Championships for the eighth time, the last world fencing tournament was held in the Hungarian capital in 2013.
Budapest will also host the 2017 world swimming championships, and it is competing with Paris and Los Angeles to host the 2024 Olympic Games as well.
via hungarymatters.hu and hunfencing.hu cover photo: Hungary’s Olympic champion Áron Szilágyi triumphing in Rio – photo by Fabrice Coffrini (AFP)