Student-athletes from Aspire Academy representing the State of Qatar at the Arab Fencing Championship struck gold after winning in the Cadet (U17) team competition, Junior (U20) team category, and a number of medals for individual achievements. The competition was held in Kuwait earlier this month.
The impressive display from Qatar fencers are a result of a strategic programme that Aspire Academy has established with Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation, aimed at developing young fencers with quality training and top competition opportunities within the European Circuit, as well as access to the worlds’ top coaches and federations.
This initiative prepares and develops athletes for successful participation in international competitions, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Head coach of Qatar’s fencing team, Massimo Omeri, said their win against two of the strongest teams in fencing – Kuwait and Egypt – only showed what they are capable of, as a team. Their plans now, revolve around maintaining their momentum and keeping up their performance for these types of competitions.
To develop the fencers, we must engage them in a wide variety of competitions. We have excellent relationships with the various federations, including with that of Italy, and we are also looking to collaborate with other European organisations.
Another focus point is the U-17 development: we are proud of our players and our athletes Ali Turki (ranked number 50 in the world) and Khaled Aref (included in the top 100). Our team is considered one of the best fencing teams in the Arab region.’
The coach also emphasised the strong relationship between the Federation and Aspire. He said that they are looking to expand their fencing team and are recruiting athletes based on stringent criteria.
For more information about the fencing programme at Aspire Academy, visit aspire.qa.