The Russian Fencing Federation

 

The Russian Fencing Federation (RFF) was formed in 1992. The RFF is recognised by the International Fencing Federation (FIE) and the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) as the only organisation authorised to represent Russian fencing in all state bodies and public organisations in Russia, the international sports and Olympic movements, and has the authority to co-ordinate the development of fencing in the Russian Federation.

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation is a long-term partner of the RFF and supports its activities.

The Foundation’s founder, entrepreneur and philanthropist Alisher Usmanov, is personally concerned with supporting the RFF. From 2001 to 2008 he served as the executive president of the RFF. In 2008, Alisher Usmanov took the post of the head of the International Fencing Federation (official French title: Federation Internationale d’Escrime). In December 2012, Mr. Usmanov was re-elected president of the International Fencing Federation for a second term, following a vote of the FIE Congress held in Moscow.

Under Mr. Usmanov’s leadership the RFF has celebrated many brilliant and well-deserved victories, thus giving the start of the 21st century the unofficial title of the “Russian era” in the history of World fencing. Across six World Championships and two Olympics since the start of the 21st century, the Russian fencing masters have won 22 gold medals, including repeating the record of the legendary USSR team by rising to the top of podium at the 2002 Lisbon World Championships six times. A year earlier in Moscow, in celebration of the 300th anniversary of fencing in Russia, the national fencing team defeated the World Team in a friendly match with a scoreline of 60:58. During the Athens 2004 Olympic Games, Russian athletes were on the podium or among the close runners-up in all weapon categories, and the Russian women’s épée team won the Olympic gold medal. Russian women’s sabre team won the World Championship in New York.

The Russian team of foil fencers headed by Svetlana Boyko won the team competition at the Summer Olympic Games 2008 in Beijing.

Russian fencers have proved their world-class status, having won the Nations Cup three times in a row. They were rewarded for their victories in the team events at the 2013 World Fencing Championship in Budapest, the 2014 Universiade in Kazan and the 2015 World Fencing Championship in Moscow. The “home” tournament, held at the Olympic Stadium in Moscow in the summer of 2015, was without doubt a triumph, on account of Russia winning 4 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 1 bronze medal.

The same high-level performance was repeated at the European Games in Baku with 1 gold, 5 silver and 3 bronze medals, and also at the World Summer Universiade in the Korean city of Gwangju with 1 gold, 6 silver, and 3 bronze medals.

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