Eight African worldwide locations are expected to reach in Lagos, most popular the following day, for the 11th Cadet and Junior African Fencing Championship preserving from February 23 to 27 on the Festival Resort, Festac Metropolis, Lagos.
Addressing journalists in Lagos on the weekend, president of the Nigeria Fencing Federation, Adeyinka Samuel, acknowledged the championship would characteristic over 200 athletes and officers, with Nigeria presenting 21 athletes in the five-day occasion.
Samuel illustrious that the Federation desires to make certain the nation surpasses its efficiency in 2018 when it additionally hosted the occasion.
He disclosed that Egypt, which is one amongst the reside countries in fencing, would most popular more athletes than Nigeria in the African Championship.
He additionally declared that the Nigeria Cadet Fencing Championship will attend as a level incomes tournament for the forthcoming World Cadet and Junior Fencing Championships in the United Arab Emirates in April.
“For the first time in historical previous of Nigeria, the NFF, after cyber net hosting the 2018 model of the African Fencing Championship, which used to be formally adjudged the largest in the annals of the championship, has been giving the factual to host the tournament for the 2d time.
“The championship will abet gape more abilities from the grassroots, who will possible be groomed to compete on the very best level in the game.
Egypt, South Africa, Algeria, Libya Angola, Uganda, Ghana, Niger Republic and host nation, Nigeria, were confirmed for the occasion.
“Nigerian athletes were training for approximately two months and so that they are going to participate individually in Epee, Sabre and foil.
“Six groups of three males and three ladies will compete in the group occasions. Some Nigerian fencers in the Diaspora will additionally be in Team Nigeria,” he acknowledged.
He added that Festival Resort, Festac Metropolis, used to be chosen to invent a bubble the build athletes and officers examined for COVID-19 might possibly well perchance perchance be saved sooner than the opponents begins.
“Nigeria bought the nod to host the African Championship on the expense of six worldwide locations. The Confederation of African Fencing acknowledged the neatly-behaved cyber net hosting of the championship four years in the past gave Nigeria the edge for this year’s occasion.
“We are anticipating to accept over four medals, no longer no longer as a lot as, on the occasion. We thank the African body for approving the Fencing Academy for Nigeria, that will almost definitely be located in Lekki.”
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