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PRAGUE, November 3. /TASS/. Frantisek Janda, the president of the European Fencing Confederation, died at the age of 48, the press service of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) announced on Tuesday.
Frantisek Janda of the Czech Republic was elected to the post of the European Fencing Confederation in 2009 and was reelected in 2013.
He was reported to die of a heart attack on his way to Japan for a fencing world cup event.
FIE President Alisher Usmanov expressed his condolences saying that the global fencing lost its "true leader."
"The world of fencing lost its true leader, a talented athlete in the past, a referee, but first of all, an outstanding friend, valued and respected by everyone," Usmanov said. "We express our sincere condolences to Janda’s family, his friends and the Czech Fencing Federation.".