Ali Salem Afifa and Khalid Issa Al Hamadi

Aspire Academy has signed a sponsorship agreement with the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation to become the official technical and logistical sponsor of the 2017 Qatar Fencing Grand Prix championship, a three-day event that’s due to kick off this Friday at the Academy. Some of the world’s best fencers and Aspire Academy’s promising fencing students will be among those taking part in the event.

The agreement was signed between the Deputy Director General of Aspire Academy, Ali Salem Afifa, on behalf of the Director General of Aspire Academy, Ivan Bravo, and the Secretary General of the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation, Khalid Issa Al Hamadi, a former Qatari fencer.

The sponsorship agreement builds on Aspire Academy’s and the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation’s existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement that was signed last May. The partnership aims to establish a world-class programme that develops athletes and prepares them for successful participation in Asian and international competitions, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The ongoing programme covers three key phases of athlete development: how to recruit athletes, how to develop them, and how to support top-athletes at senior age category on their pursuit for international success.