Occupation Athlete, Coach
Higher education Sports Management - National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA
|Varsovie (POLAND), 2009-05-15||Athènes (GREECE), 2011-04-28|
|New York (USA), 2010-06-18||Chicago (USA), 2012-06-22|
|Györ (HUNGARY), 2016-12-02|
|Györ (HUNGARY), 2017-12-01|
|Sheffield (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-07-14||Leipzig (GERMANY), 2010-07-16|
|Legnano (ITALY), 2012-06-15|
|Gand (BELGIUM), 2006-10-21|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age six at the ASPTT Dijon club in France. He chose to focus on sabre from age 13.
Why this sport? At age six he saw a photo of fencing in a magazine and told his parents he wanted to try the sport.
Club / Team Dijon CE: France
Name of coach Jean-Philippe Daurelle [national], FRA
Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (sport-web.fr, 07 Jun 2011)
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs If he is feeling good ahead of a competition, he listens to music, sings and dances. If he is not feeling confident, he does not talk to people and tries to focus on what he has to do during the tournament. (interviewsport.fr, 25 May 2015)
Sporting philosophy / motto "At a high level, it is sometimes forgotten that fencing remains, above all, fun." (lejsl.com, 09 May 2015)
Awards and honours In 2016 he received the Medal of the City of Dijon, France. (k6fm.com, 28 Sep 2016)
Famous relatives His brother Yemi has represented Benin in fencing, and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jun 2017)
Other information BENIN BROTHER
After failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he focused on coaching his brother Yemi, who represented Benin at the Games in Rio. Their father is from Benin and the brothers have dual nationality. Bolade says there was never any doubt he would represent France. "For me it was simple. I was born in France, I've always lived in France, and I came up the ranks here. When I graduated to the senior level, I continued with the French team and have had good results ever since, so I've never seen a reason to change country." (pianetascherma.com; 20 Feb 2016; bienpublic.com, 01 Aug 2016)
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