Fencing has a long and illustrious history as a sport for the civilized, especially in Europe. Unlike other kinds of sword fighting that depend on brute force, fencing is an activity that relies heavily on the agility, speed and quick wits of its participants.
For those who have mastered the art of fencing, various competitions around the world give them the chance to showcase their skills and test themselves against other elite fencers. In May, guests staying at the Hôtel Louvre Marsollier will have a one-of-a-kind opportunity to witness some of the best fencers in the world face off against each other.
There is no greater honor than representing one’s country in the world championships, and for French fencers, several championship spots are up for grabs. A competition called the “Challenge Réseau Ferré de France” represents one of the qualifying competitions for fencing championships, thus enabling participants to prove that they are worthy of a spot competiting against the best.
The “Challenge Réseau Ferré de France” takes place on May 4 and 5, 2013 at the Carrousel du Louvre on Rue de Rivoli. Ticket prices range from 10 to 25 euros. Normally, the competition takes place at the Pierre de Coubertin Stadium. However, this year it is the prestigious and beautiful Carrousel du Lovure that will be welcoming the French fencers as they perform feats of athletic prowess. As a result, audience members can enjoy their close proximity to the Louvre Museum and other Parisian landmarks before or after the event.
The event is composed of solo as well as team competitions, with some of the most talented fencers coming to participate from within France as well as from other countries. Participants include Ulrich Robeiri, Yannick Borel, Gauthier Grumier and Alexandre Blaszyck.