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Ghanaian Coaches Receive Scholarship To Study Abroad

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From Left to Right ? Nazif Hamza, Mohammed Mahadi (president) and Affortu Husseini

Two fencing coaches from Ghana, Hamza Nazif and Affortu Husseini, have received scholarship to study at the International Fencing Masters School in Dakar, Senegal.

The one-year programme was jointly sponsored by the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and Development Funding Plan for Confederations (PDC).

According to a press release signed by Williams Kyei, Secretary General of the Ghana Fencing Association, Ghana?s coaches were selected after a request to the International Fencing Federation (FIE) was finally approved at the Africa Fencing Confederation (AFC) Annual Congress held in Dakar last November.

President of Ghana Fencing Association, Mr. Mohammed Mahadi, who was present at the congress, stated that Ghana?s appeal had the support of the President of FIE and the CEO of FIE due to the country?s prospects in the sport.

The two coaches are expected to undergo rigorous training in all three weapons (Epee, Sabre and Foil) with selected participants from other African countries.

?Advanced fencing nations like the USA, Italy, Denmark and France have pledged to support Ghana in its future developmental programs to train coaches and fencers to meet international standards,? the release indicated.

It would be recalled that the Ghana Fencing Association was officially inaugurated with an exhibition championship last March at the Rlg Hathramani Sports Hall, Accra, which also coincide with the FIE  centenary celebrations worldwide.

Subsequently, the association has received equipment donation from the FIE for the rapid development of the sport in Ghana.

At the last Ghana Olympic Committee (GOC) congress in November 2013, the Fencing Association was officially accepted into the Olympic movement as a recognized member in the country.

The two coaches left Accra last Thursday.

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