Jesi becomes European capital of fencing by hosting the Eugif

From September 3rd to 9th, one hundred young athletes from all over Europe will compete with the Italian national team captained by the champion Bebe Vio in the European Games of Integrated Fencing. A week of sports and meetings with key speakers to deepen the themes of European identity and social inclusion through sports. The initiative was launched publicly today with the press conference.

There will be no nationality memberships, no differences due to physical disability, all will be competing in mixed teams to enhance the concept of social inclusion. Mayor Massimo Bacci called Eugif a project with high values. “The European values – Bacci explained – of cohesion and inclusion: people in any kind of difficulty must be helped”. “An event that opens the heart and the mind and makes us proud to be part of this community” added the Councilor for Sport Ugo Coltorti. “Jesi knows once again how to astonish with a new and unique initiative” highlighted the president of Coni Marche Fabio Luna.

The president of Jesi Fencing Club Alberto Proietti has remembered how the Jesi’s fencing school generates Olympic champions since 1947. A story that will be celebrated in the exhibition “Fencing Experience” set up at Palazzo dei Convegni from the 1st of September. Eugif will be opened by the inaugural ceremony of Tuesday, September 4 starting at 9.30 pm, with the parade of athletes along the streets of the city center. From Tuesday 4 to Saturday 8 September, every day from 9 am to 5 pm, fencing training will be held at PalaTriccoli, open to the public.

All citizens are invited to participate in this moment of healthy sporting competition and a real practice of social inclusion. Friday 7 September and Saturday 8 September will be dedicated to the Eugif tournament, where the athletes will compete in the three disciplines (foil, epee and sabre), divided into the female and male categories, according to the rules of integrated fencing. Inside the “Bright Blue Night”,

Saturday 8 September at 9.30 pm in Piazza Federico II will be held the closing ceremony, with the awarding of the winners of the integrated fencing tournament. During the whole evening, starting from 5.30 pm, along the streets of the center, about 40 sports clubs operating in over 25 different disciplines meet the city with shows, demonstrations and activities open to all. From corso Matteotti to piazza Federico II, information fields and points will be set up to explain and give examples of how sport is practiced. Everyone is invited to get involved.

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