Doha, 11 December 2018. Aspire Academy played host to an Italian national U-14 fencing team who were in the country for a week-long joint -training camp with Aspire Academy fencers held at Aspire Academy.
Twelve (12) young fencers travelled to Doha as part of the partnership agreement signed by Aspire Academy, the Italian Fencing Federation and the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation last year. This alliance was formed in December 2017 to develop young Qatari and Italian fencers by providing them with quality training and top competition opportunities in both Qatar and Italy.
As part of this partnership, Aspire Academy can host annual training camps for Italy’s top young fencers, and the Italian Fencing Federation can mutually allow Qatari athletes to be included in Italian domestic competitions including the U14, U17, U20 and the Senior circuits, giving them international exposure.
The Italian delegation was led by the President of the Italian Fencing Federation, Giorgio Scarso who was excited to be back in Qatar. Mr Scarso went on to say: “The relationship between Italy and Qatar goes beyond sport and all the fencing programs such as this one but serves as a cultural exchange between the two nations and their people. This training camp confirms the agreement we entered into force with our Qatari partners and Aspire Academy and we are happy to put into action what we have agreed to last year. We look forward to the continuation of Italian and Qatari fencers travelling back and forth and training with each other to enhance our fencing levels.”
Commenting on the benefits of the training camp to Qatari athletes, Qatar national fencing team and Aspire Academy’s coach Massimo Omeri, said: “The training camp offers great benefits to fencers from Qatar and Italy. The Italian team athletes are very competitive in Europe, and it’s a great benefit for us.”
“Our fencer Ali Turki will join a senior training camp in Italy which is deemed one of the top federations in the world. Ali has improved his world ranking to no. 46 and this is a great leap for fencing in Qatar”, Omeri said.
Meanwhile, Italy’s national team coach Serena Pivotti, said: “We have trained together on all weapons including foil, epee and the sabre. I believe that Aspire Academy’s athletes have a bright future and the President of the Italian Fencing Federation is very excited and wants to go further with this collaboration”.
Whilst in Qatar, Aspire Academy provided sports science services for the Italian fencers, including strength and conditioning assessments, physiology, biomechanics, performance analysis, sports psychology, sports nutrition, physiotherapy and medical support in case of injuries.