Fencing in the UAE enjoyed a major breakthrough last weekend when the MKFA Gargash Enterprises Mercedes-Benz Cup – the country's first grand fencing competition – was held at Dubai International Academy.
The two-day event – hosted with the support of the UAE Fencing Federation – was action packed, with more than 65 participants in various age-groups enjoying the chance to showcase their talent on the biggest platform the UAE has ever had.
The competition kicked off on Friday, December 20 as the Under-15s battled it out in the qualification rounds, before the eliminations narrowed the category down to the final four.
The second day of the event saw the start of the adult tournament, with the Open Men and Women categories taking place.
The evening of day two played host to the finals for each category.
Dignitaries like HH Sheikh Salim bin Sultan Al Qasimi – Chairman of UAE Fencing Federation, Mr. Ibrahim Belselah – Director at Centrum Investment Ltd, Mr. Avi Bhojani Managing – Group CEO, BPG Group and Managing Director at Innoventure Educational Investments LLC and Mr. Ibrahim Khaled – General Secretary of UAE Fencing Federation were present at the event and the award ceremony.
The founder of MK Fencing Academy Mihail Kouzev was clearly delighted with the event, stating: “It is a dream come true. For some time now we wanted to host such a high-profile event.
"The Fencing community is growing – slowly but steadily – and all the local competitions till now have played a major role for that. It was our desire to contribute for bringing this noble sport on the top level it deserves to be in UAE.
“We are grateful we have met like-minded supporters and we hope together we aim high and celebrate more and better events – both local and international“
The MKFA Gargash Enterprises Mercedes – Benz Epee Cup was organized with the support of Gargash Enterprises Mercedes-Benz, Freeplay and UAE Fencing Federation.
U15 Girls Epee
1. Kim Varnai – MK Fencing Academy
2. Irini Pai-Pai – MK Fencing Academy
3. Huda Tariq – Mubadara Fencing Centre
3. Khulood Ibrahim – Mubadara Fencing Centre
U15 Boys Epee
1. Ali Alblooshi – Al Ain Club
2. Khaled Al Balushi – Al Ain Club
3. Lavlani Shaan – MK Fencing Academy
3. Mostafa El Misky – MK Fencing Academy
1. Nour Farahat – MK Fencing Academy
2. Hala Belselah – MK Fencing Academy
3. Aliaa Malallah – Shabab Club
3. Mira Ahmed – Shabab Club
1. Yasser El Darwani – MK Fencing Academy
2. Mohammed Attia – MK Fencing Academy
3. Laurenz Bissada – MK Fencing Academy
3. Said Taleb – Al Ain Club