February 18 - The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has revealed the nine dates on which competition will take place as part of its inaugural Grand Prix (FGP) Series in the 2014-2015 season.
The new programme - which was agreed at the sport's world governing body's Executive Committee meeting in Lausanne - features three events in each of the foil, épée and sabre disciplines across nine different cities in the world, from November to June.
The foil competitions get underway in the Italian city of Turin on November 29 and 30, followed by events in Cuban capital Havana on March 14 and 15, 2015 and Shanghai in China on May 16 and 17.
Action in épée starts in Qatar's capital Doha on December 6 and 7, before travelling to the Hungarian capital of Budapest on March 21 and 22, 2015 and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil on May 2 and 24.
The Sabre tournaments begin in the United States in New York on December 13 and 14, then take place in the South Korean capital of Seoul on March 28 and 29, 2015 and Moscow in Russia between May 31 and June 1.
Frédéric Pietruszka, secretary general of the FIE, said the FGP series will be "television and media-friendly, as well as attractive for spectators on site".
"We have to go new ways if we want to raise the popularity and visibility of fencing," he added.
"There are many great athletes and real stars among our fencers and we take it as our duty to provide them with an excellent framework to showcase their talent."
The FIE also confirmed that the 2014 World Championships in the Russian city of Kazan will take place on July 15until 23.
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