hall of fame
José Luis Abajo participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in the épée category, winning the bronze medal. This was the rst Olympic medal for Spain in fencing and medal number 100 (99 according to IOC) in the history of Spain, both for Winter and Summer Olympic Games.
Alaaeldin Abouelkassem is the rst African, Egyptian and Arab fencer towin an Olympic medal and the first to win a World Championships gold medal. He won the gold medal at the 2010 Junior World Championshipsand the silver medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Paul Anspach represented his country in 96 international competitions and won many Olympic medals. He was responsible for coordinating the production of the dierent fencing regulations and was elected President of the FIE in 1932. He was the rst holder of the Taher Pacha Trophy, awarded by the IOC, and Member of Honour of the FIE, who awarded him the Chevalier Feyerick Trophy.
Vladimer Aptsiauri won an Olympic gold medal in 1988, two World bronze medals in 1985, 1990 and was World Champion in 1982. He finished his sports career after the fall of the Soviet Union and worked as a coach in his native Georgia. From 1998-2006 he was the head coach of the Kuwaiti national foil team and from 2006 until his death he was the vice-president of the Georgian Fencing Federation.
Abdoul Wahab Ba, first president of the Senegalese Fencing Federation from 1997 to 2008 and member of the FIE Executive Committee until his death, made a remarkable contribution to the development of fencing in Senegal and Africa. He created the International School of Fencing Masters in Dakar and contributed to the establishment of many federations in West Africa.
Thomas Bach was an Olympic champion in foil in 1976 and a world champion in 1977. He is the President of the Appeals Chamber of Arbitration of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and the founding President of the German Olympic Sports Confederation (DOSB in German). His career in the IOC is impressive since he was President and member of many commissions.
Marcello Baiocco was born on March 21st 1924 in Rome.
He studied electro-technical engineering at the University of Rome.
His first contact with fencing was at the time of the Fascist Italy, from 1935 to 1945, when World War II ended. After a long break, he went back to fencing in 1965 in the Fencing Club of Rome, the President of which was Sidney Romeo. Sidney suggested collaborating with Marcello to share the management of the SEMI Commission of the FIE, the President of which was also Sidney.
Marcello Baiocco was a member of the Technical Commission of the Italian National Olympic Committee where he helped established new basis for the fencing clothes.
He was President of the SEMI Commission of the Italian Fencing Federation and later on, he was elected member of the SEMI Commission of the FIE. He stayed there from 1985 to 2008 and became President of the Commission from 2000 to 2004.
He was elected Member of Honor of the FIE in 2009, Member of Honor of the FIS and was given the Silver and Gold Star of Sports Merit by the Italian National Olympic Committee.
He launched the first fencing technical lab, the only one up to now, to control, study and test the technical devices and fencing material in order to guarantee the security.
Arthur Bar-Joseph was born on 15 June 1936.
Passionate about fencing, Arthur established the first epee club in a town called Ashkelon in Israel.
He was an FIE international referee from 1972 to 2003 and refereed in five consecutive Olympic Games, in Los Angeles, Seoul, Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney. Organizer of international competitions, he was also an observer in many FIE World Championships. Arthur was also a fencing coach, one of the first Israeli epee coaches. Always promoting refereeing in Israel, he initiated refereeing examinations for Israeli coaches and athletes.
Arthur Bar-Joseph was appointed Member of Honour by the 2013 Congress in Paris for spending his life promoting fencing and refereeing in Israel.
As a fencer Béla Bay participated in competitions in all three weapons and participated in 1936 and in 1948 Olympic Games. Between 1951-61 and 1968-76 he was a Hungarian national coach. He was famous for launching the “fencing masters training course” in 1961. In 1992 he was awarded the Hungarian Olympic prize; in 1997 he was awarded the IOC silver prize and in 1999 the Hungarian heritage prize.
Valerian Bazarevich was awarded the “Master of Sports of the USSR” in 1957. He was an Honoured Coach of the USSR from 1996 and an International FIE referee. He was a Member of the FIE Executive Committee from 1993 to 2000 and of the Rules Commission. He was also a Member of the Competition Commission of the European Fencing Confederation and the Secretary General of the Russian Fencing Federation.