The world's best wheelchair fencers will descend on Rome ©Getty Images

Rome has been announced as the host of this year's International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation (IWAS) Wheelchair Fencing World Championships.

The Italian capital will play host at the Hilton Rome, with action taking place between November 6 and 12.

Fencers will battle for medals in 2,500 square metres of event space at the venue which is located next to Rome's Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport.

Competing teams will also be able to stay in the hotel.

Pal Szekeres, IWAS' wheelchair fencing chairman, welcomed the news which will see a major competition in the sport return to the city for the first time since 1960.

"It is a great time to return to this ancient city," said the Hungarian, who is the first man to win medals at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Italy's Beatrice Vio is a leading name in wheelchair fencing ©Getty Images
Italy's Beatrice Vio is a leading name in wheelchair fencing ©Getty Images

"Italy is a leading nation in both fencing and wheelchair fencing, and the Italian Fencing Federation have made huge strides in the development of our sport.

"I am confident that cooperation between the Italian Paralympic Committee, Italian Fencing Federation and IWAS will make for a fantastic World Championships where the heroes of Rio 2016 will meet with upcoming fencing heroes of the future. 

"Thank you, Italy, thank you Rome."

Male and female epee and foil fencers will compete in the A, B and C categories across the six days of competition.

There will also be men's and women's sabre competitions in both the A and B categories.

In addition, team competitions will be held using all three swords.  

Italy has one of the world's leading wheelchair fencing stars in the form of 20-year-old Beatrice Vio.

She won the foil B sabre gold medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in September.