Magyar Posta is issuing a commemorative stamp with a label to mark the World Fencing Championships to be held in Budapest between 5 and 12 August 2013. The stamp design shows two fencers competing in a bout with a bird’s-eye view of the strip, the area where the competitors fence, in the background printing. The label at the side of the stamp honours the centennial of the foundation of the International Fencing Federation. The stamp and label was designed by Agnes Berta.
In the centennial year of the International Fencing Federation, competitors, including wheelchair athletes, from all disciplines of fencing will test their skills in Budapest. Over 1,000 fencers as well as trainers, sports officials, accompanying persons, guests and fans will be at the World Championships in the SYMA hall.
Nine countries formed the International Fencing Federation (FIE) in 1913. Today the organisation boasts 148 members and the sport has retained its place among the events of the Olympic Games. The centennial world championships present an outstanding opportunity to strengthen the sport and for young fencers to excel, combining the will to win and the rules of fair play while earning a worldwide reputation.
Ancient stick fighting, gladiatorial contests and mediaeval duelling were the forerunners of fencing as a modern sport. These have been tamed by modern sportsmanship.
Fencing today uses three weapons with slightly different rules, the epée, the foil and the sabre.