October 2017

With deepest regrets, we inform you of the passing of Aleksandr Perelmann of Ukraine, on October 10 after a long illness. Born on April 8, 1962 in Kiev, Mr. Perelmann spent his life dedicated to fencing.

Born to a father who was a scientist, he decided to study sports at the University of Kiev, becoming educated as a fencing coach at the highest level. He became a coach in the 1990s in Ukraine. His son, Mark, born in 1994, became a strong youth fencer and ultimately joined the German national junior team in men’s foil.

From 1996 to 2000, Mr. Perelmann coached the Ukrainian national women’s foil team, which qualified for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. He went on to coach in Germany, where he worked in several clubs as coach, including in Weinheim and Mannheim, and ultimately received German nationality. There, with about 25 students, his fencers took more than 90 national and international medals at all age levels.

Since 2011, he served as head coach of the German cadet men’s foil team, and was a member of the German delegation at the Junior and Cadet European and World Championships.

Mr. Perelmann’s students admired him as a coach, and for his deep and lifelong passion for fencing. The German fencing world, along with the entire global fencing community, is deeply saddened to lose him as a coach and friend.

We extend our condolences and sympathy to his family, friends, associates, and students.

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