More than 300 athletes are entered to compete in an International Fencing Federation (FIE) Men's Épée World Cup starting tomorrow in Heidenheim in Germany.
France's world number two Yannick Borel is leading the entry lists in the absence of top-ranked Italian, Paolo Pizzo.
Competition will take place over two days in the Congress Centrum.
In total, 312 fencers have entered.
A strong South Korean team has also registered.
It includes world number three Jung Jinsun as well as Park Sang-young, the reigning Olympic champion.
The competition marks the beginning of a busy period of World Cup events across the different disciplines.
A women's sabre event will also begin on Friday (January 26) in Baltimore, United States.
Another épée event will then take place in Heidenheim on Saturday (January 27).