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Today, 19 January 2021, ISF signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the International Fencing Federation (FIE). The signing between both parties was completed by representatives Mr Hrvoje Custonja, ISF Secretary General/CEO and Mr Emmanuel Katsadiakis, FIE Secretary General. During the meeting, discussions took place on the collaboration and future endeavours, in particular that involving the upcoming 18th ISF Gymnasiade Jinjiang 2020, taking place in P.R. China. Furthermore, it was agreed that both federations would work together on the educational projects included in all Gymnasiade events and promote fencing within the school network. In attendance at the meeting were also ISF Sports Director, Mr Josip Kosutic and ISF Technical Commissions Coordinator for fencing, Ms Marilee Estampador.
Established in 1913, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) has 153 affiliated member federations from all over the world and is recognised by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body of fencing. The FIE establishes the rules to which international competitions must be organised and oversees their implementation. Fencing has been an Olympic sport since 1896 and combines cohesion, balance as well as physical and mental skills, among other things: athletic qualities; dexterity, reaction; speed; creativity; anticipation and adaptability. Fencing is based on the fundamental values of the Olympic Movement, especially toward the respect of the athletes, officials, referees and spectators, politeness, loyalty, sportsmanship, discipline, and observance of the rules.
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