MONTE CARLO, Monaco (May 30) – Mr. Thomas Bach, the President of the International Olympic Committee, visited the office of the President of the International Fencing Federation Mr. Alisher Usmanov in Monaco on Sunday.
During the meeting President Bach, a 1976 Olympic fencing champion in Montreal, and President Usmanov discussed preparations for the fencing competition at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and the progressive development of fencing. Mr. Usmanov briefed President Bach about the Olympic fencing venue in Rio de Janeiro and the purposes and the goals of the FIE President’s office in Monaco. “The office in Monaco will facilitate even higher levels of cooperation among the FIE and other international sports organisations,” President Usmanov said.
Monaco has a long tradition of fencing. In 1887, a fencing school was officially opened here. The Principality joined the FIE in 1914 and held the World Championships in 1950. In September 2013, with the generous support of His Serene Highness Albert II, the Sovereign Prince of Monaco, a “Duels for Friendship” event was staged at the famous Casino de Monte Carlo.
About the FIE:
The International Fencing Federation (FIE - Fédération Internationale d'Escrime) is the international governing body for the Olympic sport of fencing. The headquarter of the FIE is in Lausanne, Switzerland. Currently, the FIE has 150 affiliated member federations.