The finals of the World Cup of Women’s Sabre will end on Tunisian territory in the city of Hammamet precisely. And this, from this Friday, May 6 until the end of the week.
This event includes individual and collective events. As for Tunisia, it will be represented by 11 fencers.
And if we dig a little history?
The appearance of fencing in Tunisia dates back to the period of the French protectorate, that is to say at the end of the 19th century, but it was necessary to wait for the independence of the country so that fencing is officially structured around the Tunisian Federation of Fencing (FTE) which was founded on June 1, 1958.
Tunisia remains until now one of the strategic places of fencing in Africa with Egypt, Morocco and Senegal. The number of Tunisian winners in this competition is particularly considerable. These are Azza Besbes: African champion 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 to 2016, but also Amira Ben Chaabane: African champion in 2010 and Khadija Chemkhi: African team champion 2016.
Outside the national context, the transformation of fencing into a sport took place towards the end of the 19th century: a real golden age for the practice of this discipline.
This event places us at the heart of sports tourism, which allows us to combine both the pleasure of sport and that of tourist adventures.
Between festivities, crowd movements and installation of plural media, we are convinced that this competition constitutes a formidable opportunity to boost the tourism of our country and to contribute to its blooming.
Let us underline, in this context, that this event puts in competition 185 fencers coming from different countries. As for the collective events, 34 national teams will be represented. Thus, this competition is likely to enhance the image of the country outside our borders.
In conclusion, Tunisia will reap a good profit, both financial, cultural and tourist that will place it, we hope, at the top of the Arab and African countries. Let’s wish, in the end, good luck to all the Tunisian swordswomen.