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Top international fencing official inspects Doha facilities
for 2004 Qatar World Cup

Jochen Farber, the media head of the Federation Internationale D’Escrime (FIE), yesterday met the local media after overseeing preparations for the Qatar Fencing World Cup in January 2004. The World Cup in Doha will be the first ever to be held anywhere in this region and Farber hoped it would provide a much-needed fillip to the sport which for long has been a bastion of the European countries.

The event, which will feature only epee, is set to attract fencers from over 30 countries, with 26 already signed in. “I am expecting more than 100 fencers,” Farber said. The bouts will be held at Al Sadd stadium while the scene of action shifts to the Majlis Hall of the Sheraton Hotel for the semi-finals and final. Fencing powerhouses like Germany,France, Switzerland, Hungary, Italy and rising challengers Korea, Japan and the USA are likely to send top fencers for the event which will be held on January 10-11, 2004. “The Doha World Cup is also one of the qualifying stages for the Athens Olympics,” informed Farber.
“It is important to perform well in Doha because the points will matter when the cut-off is effected in March.” The FIE official visited the venues in Doha and gave them top marks, saying they were on par with the best in the world. Also present at the meeting were Vice-Chairman of the Qatar Fencing Federation Sheikh Hassan Al-Thani and Secretary General Mohamed Al-Ayami.

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