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Visiting IOC President, Bach, to display fencing skills in Nigeria

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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach will rekindle his hey days in fencing when he features in an exhibition match as part of programmes lined up for his two-day visit to Nigeria.

The world number one sports administrator will be in Abuja on November 13 and 14 with the primary assignment of commissioning the Headquarters of the Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA)

Bach, 65, is a German former Olympics champion in fencing, winning the team foil event for West Germany at the Montreal Games in Canada in 1976 and the Nigerian Fencing Federation (NFF) are using the privilege to promote and develop the sport in the country.

Nigerian Fencing boss, Adeyinka Samuel, disclosed yesterday that being an Olympic champion, Bach is interested in fencing to develop further in Nigeria as the country has been making giant strides since it’s hosting of the African fencing championships in Lagos last year.

“The IOC President,  being a former  Olympic fencing champion, is interested in the sport to be popular in Nigeria and we will be doing a display for him and he will also be fencing to round off the exhibition,” he said.

Samuel described fencing as a multi-medal (42 medals) Olympic sport and envisaged that with adequate backing, Nigeria would be among the top 10 fencing countries within a decade.

Meanwhile, the President of the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), Habu Gumel said yesterday in Abuja that adequate preparation have been put in place to formally welcome into Nigeria the IOC boss.

He disclosed that Bach is expected to pay a courtesy call on President Muhammadu Buhari, while Sports Minister, Sunday Dare, will join him to commission the Association of National Olympic Committee of Africa (ANOCA) Headquarters building in Abuja.


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