Indo-French joint initiative to promote Fencing in India
Master Fencer Stephane Marcelin conducts training camp for indian players.
New Delhi, 19 - 23 October 2015
In a first-of-its-kind initiative, the Embassy of France in India, in association with the Fencing Association of India and Deuce Fencing Academy (India’s first private fencing school) and with the support of the Sports Authority of India, sponsored a five-day advanced skill training camp for Indian fencers and coaches in Delhi from 19-23 October 2015.
The intensive training camp, which brought together fencers from Delhi-NCR, Jammu and Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, and Punjab, was conducted by top French fencing master Stéphane Marcelin. The current Technical Director of the French Fencing Federation, Mr Marcelin was the National Trainer for the French Olympic Team for Men’s Foil (2004 - 2012), and part of the World Champion (2005, 2006, 2007) and European Champion teams (2003, 2006). He was also the trainer of Olympic champion Brice Guyart, who won the 2004 Olympic Gold medal.
The training camp ended with a fencing tournament on the last day.
On this occasion, H.E. Mr François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, awarded the winners and delivered certificates to the trainees on Friday, 23 October 2015, at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.
The award ceremony was preceded by the demonstration of a fencing duel.
Speaking on the remarkable initiative, Ambassador Richier said, "Much of classical and modern fencing, including the foil, originated from France. Even today, the French language is used during this sport for judging. We are pleased that the fencing skills of an outstanding master like Stéphane Marcelin are being imparted to keen Indian fencers. Paris is candidate to organize the Olympic Games in 2024 and we will be very delighted to support Indian fencers during this particular world-class sport event in France"
Remarked Mr Sanjay Pradhan, Assistant Secretary General, Fencing Association of India, "Fencing in India has been around for more than three decades but the infrastructure for fencing is not up to the mark. Yet, due to the dedication of Indian fencers and coaches, we have been able to win some medals at the international level, but there is a lot we can still achieve. The experience of such a training camp will be of immense value not only for Indian fencers and coaches but also for the promotion of fencing in India. My sincere thanks on behalf of FAI to the French Embassy for their valuable support."