Alisher Usmanov has been re-elected by acclamation to a fourth term as President of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) during the Elective Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Usmanov, a former sabre fencer, was first elected as President in 2008. Prior to that, he served as President of the Russian Fencing Federation and European Fencing Confederation.
“I am honored to be re-elected as FIE President with the support of our world fencing family,” said Alisher Usmanov. “Fencing is stronger than it has ever been as a global sport. Our FIE programmes and support for fencing worldwide have facilitated its dynamic growth and its increased popularity as one of the original Olympic events.”
“I am absolutely confident about the bright future of fencing also because today we have thousands of juniors and cadets, professional coaches and experienced champions, referees, employees of the FIE and associated federations and volunteers who love and develop our sport. Our joint efforts and commitment are the key to the success of fencing at high-level sporting events in the future,” he added.
Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, said: “I congratulate my friend Alisher Usmanov on his re-election as FIE President. He was instrumental in developing fencing all over the world, and I am confident that under his leadership this wonderful Olympic sport will continue its further development.”
Alisher Usmanov is an internationally renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist, founder of the USM holding. He was born in 1953 in Uzbekistan. In 1976, he graduated from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) with a degree in international law. In 1997, he obtained a degree in banking from the Financial Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation. He holds a Ph.D. in Social Sciences.
Usmanov was re-elected as President of the FIE in 2012 and 2016.
As part of the 2021 Elective Congress, delegates elected members of the FIE Executive Committee and various FIE Commissions until 2024.
The Elective Congress was first scheduled to take place in 2020 and postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.