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Obituary: Ana Pascu (ROU, MH)

LAUSANNE, Switz., April 9, 2022—The FIE is deeply saddened to learn of the passing in Bucharest on April 6, 2022, of Ms. Ana Pascu (ROU), FIE Member of Honour and Hall of Fame member. She was born on September 22, 1944.

Elected in 2000, Ms. Pascu served as a member of the FIE Executive Committee, including being vice president from 2004 to 2021. Prior to that, she was a member of the FIE Rules Commission from 1984 to 1988 and of the FIE Refereeing Commission from 1988 to 1996. She was also an FIE international referee in foil and epee.

She holds the record as the longest-serving president of a Romanian Fencing Federation. From 1982 to 2013, Ms. Pascu headed the Federation, contributing to the sporting achievements of Romanian fencers who won 134 medals during her tenure, including nine at the Olympic Games, 57 at the World Championships and 68 at the European Championships. Following her retirement as president, she was appointed honorary president of the Romanian Fencing Federation. She was also vice president of the Romanian Olympic and Sports Committee.

As an athlete, Ms. Pascu was a five-time Olympic foilist, and in team foil she won a bronze medal at the 1968 and 1972 Olympic Games and the gold medal at the 1969 Havana World Championships. In individual foil, she won the Junior World Championships in 1963 as well as the bronze medal at the 1971 World Championships. As part of the Romanian Women’s Foil Team, she won the team foil silver medal at the 1970 World Championships and bronze medals at the 1961, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974 and 1975 World Championships. In 1961 and 1965, her team won gold and silver, respectively, at the World University Games (“Universiade”).

Ms. Pascu also had a career as a fencing coach and physical education teacher until 1982, having earned a doctorate in physical education and sport. Her doctoral thesis was titled The Strategy for Enhancing Sports Preparation in Competitions. She also held a “Doctor Honoris Causa” from Vasile Goldis University in Romania. She authored numerous scientific and sports publications and was awarded several titles and decorations, including the National Order of Merit in the rank of Officer and Knight.

Ms. Pascu dedicated her entire life to fencing, fencers, Romanian Fencing and the FIE, and the many successes resulting from this are testament to her incredible talent and passion for our sport. In the words of Emmanuel Katsiadakis, FIE Interim President, “She tirelessly, generously and with infinite kindness helped, supported and motivated all those who sought her help and advice. She was an outstanding mentor and role model for athletes, officials and leaders in fencing, as well as for girls and women in sport. The fencing family has lost a great lady and an emblematic personality with rare and invaluable human and professional qualities. She will remain in our memories, in our hearts and in our history.”

The FIE extends its sincere condolences for their loss to Ms. Pascu’s sister Nicoleta, her family and friends, the Romanian Fencing Federation and the European Fencing Confederation, and expresses its deepest sympathy during this difficult time.

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