Encouraging response for women fencing


Okaz/Saudi Gazette

— About 30 female fencers are set to undergo intensive training before participating in the first round of the Saudi Women’s Fencing Championship for under-13, 15 and 20 years, from Friday.

This will be the first championship for the women’s local season in the three divisions — foil, epee and sabre. Twenty-two of the female fencers have participated in the Olympic Fencing Program, which was held last summer for three months.

The championship, which will be held at the Dar Al-Uloom Girls’ University Indoor Stadium in Riyadh, will be supervised by the Deputy Chairperson of the Saudi Fencing Federation for Women’s Affairs, Princess Haifa Bint Muhammad Bin Saud.

There will be a number of female volunteers from the Saudi Federation for Community Sports and an integrated women’s medical team to assist Princess Haifa in her supervisory task.

This will be the first women’s fencing championship in the Kingdom. It has been approved by the Saudi Arabian Olympic Committee and will be included in the internal season program, with direct support from the General Sports Authority (GSA).