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IOC chief to give masterclass in fencing to Russian children in Moscow

October 20, 2015, 20:23 UTC+3
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MOSCOW, October 20. /TASS/. Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), will give a masterclass in fencing to Russian children in Moscow on Wednesday morning as part of the inaugural World Olympians Forum (WOF) in the Russian capital, the forum’s press service reported on Tuesday.

Germany’s Bach, 61, is the ninth IOC president and is the 1976 Summer Olympic in Montreal gold medalist in team’s fencing foil event. In 1977 he won the title the champion at the World Championship in Buenos Aires.

Following the masterclass in fencing for the youngsters, the IOC president is scheduled to be joined by Russia’s Alexander Zhukov, the president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), to deliver an Olympic lesson.

The event will be taking place in the Moscow Palace of Pioneers, and will be also attended by Norway’s eight-time Olympic Champion in cross-country skiing Bjorn Daehlie, Russia’s five-time Olympic Champion in synchronized swimming Anastasia Davydova, Russia’s four-time Olympic Champion in gymnastics Alexei Nemov and Russia’s two-time Olympic Champion in fencing Karina Aznavuryan.

Later in the afternoon, the IOC and the ROC president will set off to the official opening ceremony of the first ever World Olympians Forum, to be held in downtown Moscow and attended by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prince Albert II of Monaco.

The first ever World Olympians Forum [WOF] has already attracted leading figures from the Olympic Movement as well as high profile Olympians and senior figures from the Olympic Movement.

They will be speaking at the historic event in Moscow on October 21, 2015 and besides the mentioned above IOC President Bach, Monaco Prince Albert II and Russian President Putin, the spokespersons also include IOC Executive Board Member and International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Vice President Sergey Bubka, who is also the president of the Ukrainian Olympic Committee.

"The speakers will join the 121 National Olympians Associations that have registered for the WOF, other Olympians, representatives of the International Olympic Committee and the Olympic Family, Governments and other key Olympic, sporting and non-governmental stakeholders to share best practices and discuss the topics of greatest concern to Olympians," a statement from the World Olympians Association (WOA) said.

Established by the World Olympians Association in partnership with the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), the inaugural WOF is set to create an exciting opportunity to celebrate Olympism and the achievements of Olympians worldwide.

"The WOA is delighted to bring together such high profile figures from the Olympic world to debate the topics that matter most to Olympians," WOA President Joel Bouzou was quoted as saying earlier on the upcoming major Olympians event in the Russian capital.

"I’d like to thank all of them for agreeing to participate at the inaugural WOF in Moscow and I’m looking forward to joining colleagues from the Olympic Family to discuss how we can work together to further enhance the WOA mission of Service to Olympians and Service to Society," he added.

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