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Dubai Sports Council launches new initiative to attract and train national fencing talent

The Dubai Sports Council has launched a new initiative to attract and develop national sporting talent in the sport of fencing.

The four-year initiative, aimed at national talents aged 10 to 12, is carried out in collaboration with the UAE Fencing Federation and MK Fencing Academy, and will take place at the Academy facilities at the Hamdan Sports Complex.

The new initiative was launched to develop the sport of fencing in the UAE, increase the number of those who practice this Olympic game and create local champions of both sexes who will be able to represent the country in various international championships and win medals in future Olympic competitions. .

Free registration will begin through this link starting friday 12th January 2024 for young male and female Emiratis who wish to join the training programme. The respective bodies will contact registered athletes to participate in preliminary training programs. A series of various tests and measurements will be carried out to nominate the top 12 athletes who will continue in the four-year free training program to develop their skills and make them competent enough to participate in future Olympic Games.

The final list of athletes who will continue in the training program will be announced on sixteenth February 2024, while fencer training will begin on Tuesday twentyth February 2024. Training sessions are scheduled twice a week, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Mikhail Kozhev, director and president of the MK Fencing Academy, fixed:

“MK Fencing Academy strives to develop the technical skills of promising athletes and support the community responsibility of young people through teamwork, solidarity, resilience and fair play. We are aware of the factors necessary to make the event a success and to attract and develop technical levels of promising talents and motivate them to win titles. We are interested in providing our distinctive sports experience by organizing a complete set of technical, physical and psychological training along with intact nutrition programs. “The vision of the initiative is to empower Emirati boys and girls to learn the arts of fencing and encourage young Emiratis to adopt a more active, healthy and happy lifestyle.”

He added:

“We strive to create competent champions who are fully equipped with humanitarian values ​​that inspire coming generations to achieve more regional and international success and win championships for the UAE in the sport of fencing. For this reason, I call on all young people to accelerate the completion of the registration procedures since opportunities are limited, and we promise to live a unique sporting experience, through which they will be able to express their desire to practice sport. of fencing and make it part of their sporting future.”

It is worth mentioning that the Hamdan Sports Complex hosts 55 events annually, including 20 international championships. It is the destination of 20 academies, one of which is the mk academy, the organizer of this initiative. The Complex is equipped to host 17 Olympic and non-Olympic sports, as well as community events ranging from swimming, basketball, karate, boxing, fencing, badminton and other individual and team sports. The Hamdan sports complex hosted the World Cadet and Youth Fencing Championships in 2022 and the World Karate Championship.

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