Nigeria has been awarded the hosting right by the International Fencing Federation (FIE) for the 2018 Junior/Cadet African Fencing Championships.
The event, which is scheduled to take place from February 26 to March 5 at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos has been endorsed by Lagos State, with Governor Akinwunmi Ambode planning to attend the ceremony alongside the FIE President, Alisher Usmanov, who is Russia’s richest man and a major shareholder in Arsenal Football Club.
President of the Nigeria Fencing Federation, Adeyinka Samuel said this is the first time Nigeria will host an international event in the sport, adding that the country beat Tunisia and Algeria to the hosting right.
The J/C AFC is an internationally recognized and FIE-approved tournament that provides a platform for fencers across Africa’s 31 registered nations to compete for world ranking points leading to the 2018 World Championships in Verona, Italy and the 2020 Olympics Games in Tokyo, Japan.
Other international personalities are also expected at the championship, which is expected to attract over 150 fencers from about 25 African countries.