President Usmanov Funds FIE $1 million COVID-19 Support Plan
The FIE announced a wide-reaching funding plan worth $1 million to support the fencing family. President Usmanov is the benefactor of the fund which is intended as a supplement for existing FIE aid programmes.
It comprises of four main elements:
1. An exceptional CHF4,000 (£3,300/$4,200/€3,700) allocation to all Federations and Confederations, along with cancellation of the annual FIE membership fee for 2020;
2. Cancellation of payment of all competition organising fees from January-March 2020, as well as the 2020-2021 competition season;
3. A financial grant providing for participation of one fencer per Federation at the 2021 Junior Zonal Championships;
This was originally allocated for the 2020 Junior and Cadet Fencing World Championships, which were cancelled;
4. An "exceptional allocation" for referees who were nominated for the 2019-20 competition season.
The FIE President, said, “Our world is challenged by the COVID-19 pandemic, with tremendous health, economic, physical and psychological consequences. Fencers and federations have been forced to abruptly cease all activities. In the spirit of solidarity and unity, and to help our global fencing family overcome this difficult period, we have decided an unprecedented 2020 support plan of CHF1 million.”
He continued, "Throughout its long and glorious history as one of the original Olympic sports, fencing has endured and overcome difficult obstacles. Rest assured the FIE is working tirelessly to protect our athletes and entire organisation to ensure future competitions safely take place. As fencers, we face the future together, our heads up and our masks on."
The EFC salute this generous contribution to the World of fencing and thanks the President for his continued support of our sport.