Global fencing official to lobby for Kenya to join international stage

Source: Xinhua| 2019-08-14 22:21:07|Editor: xuxin
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NAIROBI, Aug.14 (Xinhua) -- A committee member of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) has said that he will lobby for Kenya to be granted affiliation to the world body during the federation's executive committee meeting scheduled for September in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Pascal Tesch, head of FIE member rules commission, said Kenya has made tremendous strides in the game that saw the Kenya Fencing Federation (KFF) get affiliated to the National Olympics Committee of Kenya (NOCK), which is prerequisite for admission to the global organization.

"The executive committee meeting will give Kenya provisional affiliation after which the general assembly will in November ratify the east African nation's membership alongside that of Cape Verde, Papua New Guinea and Oman," Tesch, who was accompanied by colleague Giorgio Scarso, said at the end of a three-day inspection tour in Kenya.

Fred Chege, president of KFF, said being affiliated to NOCK and FIE will enable Kenya to take part in international events across the world.

"We are not a briefcase federation. We are only a young federation that has now been recognized by the world body and our Olympic Committee and going forward, we will embark on serious grassroots development," Chege said.

The global organization cannot affiliate a federation without proof of its existence and operations in a given country.