Greater number of participants than ever before, higher level of fighters’ training and openness of the tournaments are the features of this year’s qualifiers.
- Pavel Besaga, HMBIA Tournament Committee:
“We are very pleased with the development of our movement around the world, because the level of the tournaments has increased a lot. The tournaments are attended by tens, hundreds of fighters. For example, qualifying battles in France (for the right to join the National Team) were attended by about a hundred sportsmen. It shows that the movement has recently become twice (thrice) as large. We’d like to praise those people who overcome the most serious difficulties in their countries. For example, Estonians… We believe that they’ll overcome all the difficulties and the strongest men will represent their country. We expect to welcome two Estonian five-member teams. The same applies to Germans… Fighters of Friesland have joined Team Germany. Friesland will be a part of Team Germany, it participates in open qualifiers… Scots say they are ready to cooperate with the National Team of the United Kingdom and fight under their flags, if they are lucky.”
According to the HMBIA Tournament Committee, all the tournaments are open and transparent, there is a real sporting atmosphere, the spirit of hard competition. Due to the openness of the tournaments, only the best of the best will go to “Battle of the Nations.” Historical Medieval Battle is a serious sport, and one has to make every effort to win a place in the sun and represent their country at “Battle of the Nations.”
By the way, the global movement says that Poland is one of the paragons concerning the standards of preparation for the World Championships in HMB “Battle of the Nations”. In addition to a whole league of qualifiers, those guys work hard and promote historical medieval battle not only among adults, but also among children and teenagers. There will be no problems concerning the lack of new recruits for that Team in the near future. “Battle of the Nations”-2015 will be attended by 50 Poles, the full composition of the National Team.
The last qualifiers are finishing in 10 days, among the last to choose fighters are Mexico (April, 3-5) and Finland (April, 11-12). Soon after that we will know who will fight who at “Battle of the Nations”-2015, the draw for the Championship is coming nearer!