Dear participants, welcome!

We are looking forward to welcome you to our beautiful, cosmopolitan City of Hamburg, “Germany's door to the world”. We have joined all our forces to organize the upcoming European Veterans Fencing Team Championships from May 25th to 29th, 2022.

Competitions will take place in the q.beyond Arena, located at a big sports complex within a public park area. We expect around 120 teams from 28 nations, plus officials, coaches, referees, technicians, volunteers, and visitors. The European Veterans Team Championships are an opportunity for us to strengthen and promote veterans’ fencing. Not to forget that for us fencing is much more than just a sport, it is a passion. We would even say a key to happiness! Last but not least, we are sincerely thanking for the strong support of our sponsors. Without their generosity and cooperativeness our event would not have been feasible. Germany is one of the founding members of the EVF in 1991.

Now we are proud to organize the European Veterans Fencing Championships 2022 which have grown in size and importance.

We wish exciting competitions and a pleasant stay in Hamburg to all of you.


Andy Grote

Senator for Interior and Sport

Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg

The European Veterans Championships

Dear friends of fencing, welcome to the Active City!
On behalf of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg and as patron, I would like to welcome you to the European Veterans Fencing Team Championships 2022. I am particularly looking forward to the approximately 130 teams from 28 nations, including Olympic champions and former world and European champions, and the many guests who are coming to us in the Active City Hamburg from all parts of Europe. From 25 to 29 May we will give fencing the big stage it deserves! Hamburg is a sport-loving and fencing-appreciating city with a lot of high-performing clubs. Excellent work is done here every day, which pays off in the remarkable successes of our fencers. The q.beyond Arena in the Altona Volkspark provides a suitable setting for this international event. In this context Hamburg and the sport of fencing are equally pleased to be able to host another international event after the World Championships in 1978 and the international match against Italy in 2013. With free admission, we want to make it possible for everyone interested to take part and thus pique curiosity for this highly attractive sport. I am sure that the already great enthusiasm for fencing in Hamburg will increase even more with this tournament. I would like to thank all my fencing friends who, in a remarkable teamwork, have ensured in difficult times that these European Championships can take place. The organisation of the tournament is in the best hands with the Eimsbütteler Turnverband e. V. and the Hamburger Fecht-Verband e. V.. Added to this is the generous financial commitment of the Hamburg-based Alexander Otto Sportstiftung, one of the biggest supporters of these European Championships. And of course, we as the Senate are promoting the event with our Active City Initiative and are also creating the best conditions for sport and exercise throughout the city. Together, by hosting the tournament, we want to show the diversity of sport for everyone in a particular manner and thus motivate even more people to become physically active themselves - in fencing and beyond. My thanks also go to European Veterans Fencing and to the German Fencing Federation, who have shown their confidence in Hamburg to host the fencing event. We will not disappoint you. I am looking forward to the 2022 European Veterans Fencing Team Championships and wish us all many thrilling duels.

It is a great pleasure for us after 2016 in Stralsund to have again an international veterans fencing championship in Germany! I would like to thank European Veterans Fencing to assign Hamburg as the host of the European Veterans Fencing Championships 2022. I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all those who - in front and behind the scenes - take responsibility and contribute to realize this exceptional event. I would also like to thank all partners, sponsors and public authorities who are supporting us even though fencing does not represent a mainstream sport. My thanks also include the entire organizing committee for their tireless commitment to succeed with this project. Let's look forward to exciting fights and fair competitions, in which also strong fencers from Hamburg will compete. Enjoy fencing and the diverse cultural offers of the city of Hamburg!

On behalf of European Veterans Fencing it is a great pleasure to welcome you to the 2022 European Team Championships in Hamburg. We are looking forward to welcoming over 120 teams from 26 countries which represents the largest annual gathering of Veteran Fencers in Europe. FencinGrand Veteranserans play an important role in the development of our sport. Lifelong and newly developed rivalries played out in an atmosphere which demonstrates that fencing is a sport that can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages and locations. The European Team Championships provide a great opportunity for veteran fencers at all levels to discover the warmth and friendship within a highly competitive atmosphere that explains the continuing growth of Veterans Fencing throughout Europe and the rest of the World. This year we will all be enjoying German hospitality in Hamburg. I congratulate Margit Budde and the Hamburg 2022 Organising Committee on the enormous work they have accomplished and look forward to celebrating the next group of European Veteran Team Fencing Champions.


Fencing was one of the first sports to be played in the Olympics. Based on the traditional skills of swordsmanship, the modern sport arose at the end of the 19th century. The three disciplines in modern fencing are the foil, the épée, and the sabre; winning points are made through the contact with an opponent. Competitive fencing is one of the five activities which have been featured in every modern Olympic Games.


The foil is a light thrusting weapon with a maximum weight of 500 grams. The foil targets the torso, but not the arms or legs.

The foil has a small circular hand guard that serves to protect the hand from direct stabs. As the hand is not a valid target in foil, this is primarily for safety. Touches are scored only with the tip; hits with the side of the blade do not register on the electronic scoring apparatus. Touches that land outside the target area stop the action, but are not scored. Only a single touch can be awarded to either fencer at the end of a phrase. If both fencers land touches within a close enough interval of milliseconds to register two lights on the machine, the referee uses the rules of "right of way" to determine which fencer is awarded the touch, or if an off-target hit has priority over a valid hit, in which case no touch is awarded. If the referee is unable to determine which fencer has right of way, no touch is awarded.


The épée is a thrusting weapon like the foil, but heavier, with a maximum total weight of 770 grams. In épée, the entire body is valid target.

The hand guard on the épée is a large circle that extends towards the pommel, effectively covering the hand, which is a valid target in épée. Like foil, all hits must be with the tip and not the sides of the blade. Hits with the side of the blade do not register on the electronic scoring apparatus (and do not halt the action). As the entire body is legal target, there is no concept of an off-target touch, except if the fencer accidentally strikes the floor, setting off the light and tone on the scoring apparatus. Unlike foil and sabre, épée does not use "right of way", and awards simultaneous touches to both fencers. However, if the score is tied in a match at the last point and a double touch is scored, the point is null and void.


The sabre is a light cutting and thrusting weapon that targets the entire body above the waist, except the weapon hand.

Saber is the newest weapon to be used. Like the foil, the maximum legal weight of a sabre is 500 grams. The hand guard on the sabre extends from hilt to the point at which the blade connects to the pommel. This guard is generally turned outwards during sport to protect the sword arm from touches. Hits with the entire blade or point are valid. As in foil, touches that land outside the target area are not scored. However, unlike foil, these off-target touches do not stop the action, and the fencing continues. In the case of both fencers landing a scoring touch, the referee determines which fencer receives the point for the action, again through the use of "right of way".


q.beyond Arena
Hellgrundweg 50
22525 Hamburg

The q.beyond Arena is situated near the "Altona Volkspark" in Hamburg.

Public transport is very well developed in Hamburg, so that no shuttle service will be provided. We will offer a "Hamburg Card" which allows to use all public transport throughout Hamburg for a low price from May 25th to 30th, 2022. The venue can be reached by S-Bahn station “Stellingen” and Bus no. 22 station Hellgrundweg (Arenen) which is situated only 200m away from the fencing hall. You can also arrive by car, there is a large free carpark at the venue.


Facilities map

Background: Google Maps
P Parking
1 Entrance
2 Accreditation
3 Information / Elevator
4 Restaurant / Outdoor Area
5 Competition Venue 1 (incl. finals)
6 Competition Venue 2
7 weapon check / inspection
8 equipment shop (Allstar)


Day Time  
Monday, April 25th

Deadline for registrations

Wednesday, May 25th





Accreditation and Equipment control

Meeting of referees

Meeting of heads of delegations

Congress of European Veterans Fencing

Thursday, May 26th




Men's foil Veterans
Women's epee Grand Veterans
Men's sabre Grand Veterans

Opening Ceremony

Medal Ceremony and Fencers of the Year awards

Friday, May 27th



Men's epee Veterans
Women's foil Veterans
Women's sabre Grand Veterans

Medal Ceremony and Fencers of the Year awards

Saturday, May 28th




Women's epee Veterans
Men's foil Grand Veterans
Men's sabre Veterans

Medal Ceremony and Fencers of the Year awards

Fencers Party

Sunday, May 29th




Women's foil Grand Veterans
Women's sabre Veterans
Men's epee Grand Veterans

Medal Ceremony and Fencers of the Year awards

Closing Ceremony

Note : all teams on the piste 10 mn. before starting time

Organizing Committee

Armin Stadter

Vice President Veterans

German Fencing Federation

Dr. Harald Lüders

Chairman German Veterans Fencing Council

German Fencing Federation

Dieter Lammer

Vice President International

German Fencing Federation

Margit Budde-Cramer


Hamburg Fencing Federation

ETV Organizing Committee

Joana Pielsticker

Abteilungsleitung Fechten

Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg

Nina Müller

Vorstand Fechtabteilung

Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg

Gesche Reimers

Vorstand Fechtabteilung

Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg

Rik Adema

Vorstand Fechtabteilung

Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg

Marc-André Kampmann

Vorstand Fechtabteilung

Eimsbütteler TV Hamburg