to Host The World Fencing Cup
new accomplishment is witnessed at the Middle East sport
capital of Doha. In January 2004, the Qatar Fencing
Association will namely host the World Fencing Cup (Epee).
Rene Roch, President of the International Fencing Federation
(FIE), received the proposal to organise the event during
a visit to Doha he made in January 2002. The FIE President
expressed his trust in Qatar and in the QNOC officials,
and put the proposal on the agenda of the FIE meeting
held in Portugal, last August. In the presence of the
QFA President, the General Assembly unanimously voted
for the proposal to host the World Fencing Cup in Epee
in Doha and agreed with the scheduled event dates from
10th - 11th, January, 2004.
Rene Roch, FIE President and the FIE Executive Board
members gave full support to Qatar to organise the World
Fencing Cup (epee). The FIE is happy to see that Qatar
has the qualified manpower, the financial abilities
and a wide experience required to make the event a major
success. Mr. Roch congratulated the QFA for an excellent
bidding file and was happy to see that such event would
boost the development of fencing in the Gulf region
and in Asia.
the first time that the World Fencing Cup (epee) will
take place in the Middle East, further more, only 10
related events are organised yearly.
to organise the event started already with the formation
of a tournament organising committee as well as the
development of a logo and posters. The QFA intends to
promote this event world-wide through the international
participation of its national team. The QFA wants to
ensure a wide participation from as many as possible
countries in the world. An invitation will be sent shortly
to the Fencing fraternity.
Sheikh Saoud Bin Abdulrahman Al-Thani, President of
QFA announced that although organising this tournament
is a hard work, he is fully confident that it will be
successful, and it will give a big push for fencing
in Qatar and in the GCC countries. It will above all
be a great opportunity to gain the experience needed
for the Fencing events at the 2006 Asian Games.