Allez! Fencing gets a boost
One of most common term in fencing is French word, Allez, which means 'go' and is used by the referee to start a bout of fencing.
On Monday evening, six leading Omani clubs declared Allez as they signed an agreement with the Oman Fencing Committee (OFC) to introduce and promote the sport, a move that is bound to help fencing gain a cutting edge in the sultanate.
The agreement will also facilitate a group of talented fencers from the national team to be adopted by the six clubs.
The clubs that signed the deal with the OFA are Oman, Ahli-Sidab, Al Nahda, Al Bashayer, Quriyat and Salalah.
The signing ceremony took place at Seeb Sports Stadium, which serves as the headquarters of the Oman Fencing Centre.
Speaking on the occasion, Khalid al Shuaibi, OFC chairman said, "Today is the beginning of the spread of this wonderful Olympic game throughout Oman, and this is an important historical moment. Since the establishment of the committee (Jaunuary 2019), we have not stopped working despite all the challenges, and today's achievements, and what will be achieved, are only the beginning of a journey of success. This determination and ambition come from a strong foundation, which is our passion and love for the game of fencing.”
The signing ceremony had Khalifa bin Saif al Issaei, director-general of sports activities at the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, as the guest of honour. Shuaibi said that the national team in a short span of time has achieved encouraging results and the OFC has managed to get recognition from the world governing body, FIE.
Speaking at the ceremony, Sayyid Saeed bin Sultan al Busaidi, chairman of Oman Club, said, “With this agreement with the OFC, the clubs have to strengthen and develop this sport along with OFC and create the right environment for the players. Diversification of the sports and activities in the clubs are required and this will assist us to create a new generation to be equipped in a different sport. Diversification is one of the main goals at our club and it is one of the many recommendations we have received from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth.”
Issaei said the initiative of OFC to sign an agreement with the clubs is a 'positive step' towards development of fencing sport in Oman.
“The clubs are the best platforms to promote sports activities and the OFC has adopted the right philosophy by seeking cooperation with them to develop fencing,” he said. The senior ministry official added, “Seeb Sports Complex is equipped with all facilities for fencing and the ministry plans to develop another facility, depending on the growth of the sport in the sultanate.”