Egyptian fencers are getting themselves ready for the World Cup scheduled to take place in the country on 25 and 26 February.
In a measure of its level, Egypt fencing placed sixth at the World Cup in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 14-17 January.
The Egyptians lost to Japan 45:26 in the play-off for 5/6 places. The Pharaohs were impressive at the start, beating Japan in the round of 16, 45:39. They lost to South Korea in the quarter-finals 45:30, then won the first game in the run-up for places 5- 8 over Hong Kong 45:41 before losing to Iran 45:42.
The Egyptian team comprised Mohamed Amer, Ziad Al-Sisi, Medhat Moetaz, and Mazen Al-Arabi.
A week ago, the men’s foil team also claimed sixth place at the Fencing World Cup in Paris.
Preparing for the World Cup, Egyptian Fencing Federation President Abdel-Moneim Al-Husseini signed Egypt’s Olympic foil fencer Alaa Al-Sayed of Al-Shams Club to serve as a sports director to the federation. Al-Sayed had won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The federation is depending on Al-Sayed’s experience as Egypt builds up for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.
The past period has seen a huge leap in the achievements of the Egyptian Fencing Federation under the new board. Many players have improved their world rankings with Mohamed Al-Sayed on top of the junior ranking of the epee followed by his teammate Mohamed Yassin. Adham Moetaz is also the top ranked in the sabre while the sabre team has managed to maintain its top position for 11 months straight.
The Egyptian Fencing Federation was formed in 1928 and became responsible for the sport’s organisation and management in the country and worked on spreading it in clubs, schools and universities in cooperation with the Ministry of Education.
*A version of this article appears in print in the 20 January, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.