BAGHDAD, Iraq, June 14, 2021—Iraq fencing returned to the piste with its first competition since COVID-19 related restrictions have eased, the Iraq Fencing Championship. Taking place over five days from June 1 to 5, it included individual and team events for men and women, including 167 fencers representing 21 clubs from eight Iraqi cities. Both senior and under-23 fencers participated.
The Iraqi government expressed significant interest in the Championship, and the country’s Minister of Youth and Sports, Adnan Dirjal, attended the finals and closing ceremony along with a large number of guests.
“The fencing family is happy with the organization [of the event] and the return of life while maintaining safety conditions”, said Iraq Fencing Federation President Zeyad Hasan Jasim Saleem. “We hope that it will be a step towards developing fencing in Iraq.”