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IOC President duels with fellow Olympians at fencing master class

21 Oct 2015
Olympic News

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach donned his fencing uniform one more time today, at a master class for young athletes in Moscow.

After meeting young Russian fencers, the IOC President took on Russian double Olympic fencing champion Karina Aznavourian.

The “Olympic Patrol” master class was organised by the Russian Olympic Committee.

The event also saw top Olympic champions join President Bach in sharing their Olympic experience with an audience of children and teenagers.

President Bach told the audience that, “through sport, you can become a great athlete, and you can do a lot to create your own personality, self-confidence and stand on your own feet.”

Olympic Patrol is a sports education project intended to promote the Olympic Movement and Olympic values, and to develop sport among children and teenagers in Russia.

President Bach also talked about the Olympic Winter Games Sochi 2014, praising the great warmth of the Russian people and the hospitality they showed to the world.

Also joining the IOC President were eight-time cross country skiing gold medallist Bjørn Dæhlie, five-time Olympic synchronised swimming champion Anastasia Davydova and four-time Olympic gymnastics champion Alexei Nemov. Russian Olympic Committee President Alexander Zhukov also joined the panel.

The Olympic Patrol project is taking place in 60 schools across 30 Russian regions, reaching 80,000 children between the ages of 8 and 16.

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