Personal Information

Residence New York, NY, USA

Occupation Athlete, Student

Languages Arabic, English, French

Higher education Finance - St. John's University: New York, NY, USA

License number 22071997000


World Cup--11
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-11-15
Zone Championships2215
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2017-06-10Alger (ALGERIA), 2016-04-15Le Caire (EGYPT), 2015-06-14
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-07Bamako (MALI), 2019-06-26
Brazaville (CONGO), 2015-09-02
Alger (ALGERIA), 2016-04-14

Sport Specific Information

Why this sport? "Why do I like fencing? All my family is in fencing. It's like water to me."

Club / Team St. John's University: New York, NY, USA

Name of coach Yury Gelman [club], UKR

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hero / Idol Italian fencer Aldo Montano. (olympic.org, 19 Oct 2020)

Sporting philosophy / motto "Our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them." (Facebook profile, 14 Jun 2017)

Awards and honours He received the 2019 Giorgio Santelli award for fencing from St. John's University in the United States of America. (Instagram profile, 07 May 2019)

He was named Second Team All-American in the 2017/18 season as a student athlete at St. John's University in the United States of America. (redstormsports.com, 01 Jun 2019)

Famous relatives His older brother Mohamed Ayoub has represented Tunisia in fencing, and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. His father Salah has refereed the sport at international level, while his mother, his uncle, and his cousin have all competed in the sport at an elite level. (FIE YouTube channel, 18 Nov 2019; SportsDeskOnline, 23 Jun 2017; china.org.cn, 14 Aug 2014; eurofencing.info, 03 Apr 2013)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (olympic.org, 19 Oct 2020)

Other information OLYMPIC EXPERIENCE
Two years after placing fourth in individual sabre at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games [YOG] in Nanjing, People's Republic of China, he made his senior Olympic debut at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I met a lot of amazing people [in Nanjing] and made some friends that I'm still speaking with to this day [talking in 2020]. And I remember being invited to a breakfast with some other YOG athletes and IOC president [and German fencer] Thomas Bach, when he told me something very nice. He said, 'You have talent, and I think you have a nice future.' That was interesting for me, to have an Olympic champion in fencing like him telling me that I have a good future, and I was very happy about it. I think any small words from any big champion can help a young athlete. If you say one or two nice words to them, it can change their lives. The 2016 Olympic Games were very fun for me. I fenced against a role model of mine, [Italy's four-time Olympic medallist] Aldo Montano, and I was very proud of myself that I showed some qualities. I was young and I really didn't know what I was doing, to be honest. I had no great technique and I was just enjoying myself. I was very happy with 2016 and I hope 2021 [in Tokyo] will be more serious." (olympic.org, 19 Oct 2020)

In 2020 he began studying for a master's degree in international business at St. John's University in New York, NY, United States of America. Three years earlier he started a bachelor's in finance at the same university and began training with coach Yury Gelman. "After the 2016 Olympic Games I spoke with Yury Gelman, and then I moved to New York. I started studying at St. John's, and then it was a big difference. The practice was different. These guys do a lot of footwork. Everything counts, each detail counts. I think for me, it's just great that I moved there because I've jumped to another level, and I still need to jump to another level." (LinkedIn profile, 08 Sep 2020; FIE YouTube channel, 18 Nov 2019)

He is a USA Fencing certified referee. (member.usafencing.org, 12 Mar 2019)


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