PARIS, December 10. /TASS/. World’s legendary film stars Uma Thurman, Mila Jovovich and Alain Delon are the honorary ambassadors of the sport of fencing as they brought it closer to the youth making it more understandable, President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Alisher Usmanov told TASS.
The French capital of Paris hosted this weekend the annual FIE Congress, which was also dedicated to the 105th anniversary of the world’s governing body of fencing. The honorary guests of the event in Paris included President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach, heads of National Olympic Committees (NOCs), sports ministers from around the globe as well as famous movie stars.
"These people are directly involved in the sport of fencing and must be viewed as the honorary ambassadors of this sport," Usmanov said in an interview with TASS.
Hollywood actors Uma Thurman and Mila Jovovich, as well as world’s legendary actor Alain Delon of France, were among the guests in attendance at the FIE Congress in Paris.
"Each of them had contributed in our sport with their previous film roles making this sport closer to people and more understandable," Usmanov said. "This is particularly important for the youth as they have a better perception of films and want to be more like their favorite film characters."
Among their many famous film roles - Alain Delon displayed his fencing skills in ‘Zorro’ films in 1970s; Uma Thurman was brilliant in sword fights in Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Kill Bill’ films; and Mila Jovovich was fencing flawlessly in her role as Milady de Winter in 2011 screening of "The Three Musketeers".