Residence Milan, ITA
Occupation Police Athlete
Languages English, Italian
Higher education Political Science - University of Milan: Italy
License number 04091993000
|Paris (FRANCE), 2017-05-12||Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2016-11-18|
|Bogota (COLOMBIA), 2017-05-26||Vancouver - British Columbia (CANADA), 2014-03-22|
|Cali (COLOMBIA), 2019-05-03|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at about age seven at the Club Scherma Acireale in Italy.
Why this sport? "My passion for fencing was born completely by chance. My former neighbour in Acireale, as well as my friend, had been practising this discipline for years. One day he asked me to keep him company. So I walked him to the gym and stopped to watch him. I immediately fell in love with the sport."
Club / Team GS Fiamme Oro: Italy
Name of coach Dario Chiado [national]; Enrico Di Ciolo [national]
Nicknames Fichi (baku2015.com, 27 Jun 2015)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (thesportspirit.com, 11 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Fencing is self-control, patience, and modesty." (marcofichera.it, 24 Nov 2019)
Awards and honours He received the 2018 Fair Play Award from the International Fencing Federation [FIE] after admitting he did not deserve a point he had been given during the final of the 2017 World Cup event in Bogota, Colombia. Had he taken the point he would have won the bout but he eventually went on to lose against Ukrainian fencer Bogdan Nikishin. "I prefer a fair defeat than a non-deserved victory." (fie.org, 08 Dec 2018; Tv2000it YouTube channel, 19 Nov 2018)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (oasport.it, 07 Apr 2020)
Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
He works with the Association for Therapeutic Intervention in Autism [AITA] charity. He has also worked in the sports and youth department of a political party in Milan, Italy, and would consider a role as a councillor for sport in future. "Dealing with sport means building a society without barriers between young and old, men and women, for people who are not born in Italy but feel Italian." (Instagram profile, 31 Mar 2021; msn.com, 26 Mar 2021; Tv2000it YouTube channel, 19 Nov 2018)
In 2021 he completed a postgraduate degree in law from the University of Milan in Italy. "When I decided to undertake my second university path, I did it with the awareness that nothing would be easy or obvious, that I would have to make choices. However, I had no doubts because I really wanted it. In my opinion, I have always wanted to combine study as an indispensable training course in the life of each of us. I am convinced that, for the growth of the sector, all athletes must be able to pursue and also achieve their training goal." (Instagram profile, 31 Mar 2021)
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