By Abayomi Johnson
Lagos State will host the 8th Junior / Cadet African Fencing Championships at Teslim Balogun Stadium from 1st – 5th March, 2018.
Announcing this in a tweet on Thursday, Lagos State Sports Commission stated that the event provides an avenue to promote Fencing in Lagos State.
The tweet reads: “LagosSportsComm is playing host to the Lagos 8th Cadet & Junior African Fencing Championship taking place @ the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere from the 1st – 5th March, 2018 as an avenue to promoting Fencing in Lagos State.”
Meanwhile, President, African Fencing Confederation, Ndaiye Mbagnick in a statement on the body’s official website welcomes the continent to Lagos, describing the event as an exciting period for African Fencing Confederation.
The statement read: “I want to welcome you to the 8th Junior / Cadet African Fencing Championships which will be held in Lagos Nigeria, from the 1st To 5th March 2018.
“This is an exciting period for African Fencing Confederation, as more emerging African countries are taking bolder steps to host FIE International Standard Competitions. It is also an equally interesting experience for the athletes traveling to other countries, exploring and learning about other African cultures.
“To the Nigerian Fencing Federation, this is a historic event for your federation and your country Nigeria, as it will be the first FIE “International Tournament you will be hosting. I want to commend and thank the President of Nigerian Fencing Mr Adeyinka Samuel and your entire team for all the effort you have put in thus far.
“The Junior / Cadet African Fencing Championships is a significant tournament and process for the future World Class Fences that will emerge from the African Continent. I will like to encourage all African Countries to participate and support the tournament.
“Over the years, we have seen Olympic Medalists, Olympians and World Class Fencers emerge from Africa, raising the standards of the African Fencing Championships.
“Finally I wish all the athletes who are at the center of the Championships the best of luck and Nigerian Fencing all the best in hosting the 8th Junior / Cadet African Fencing Championships.”