Moscow, Russian Federation (PressExposure) October 10, 2008 -- The Press Service of the Russian Fencing Federation (RFF), which Usmanov heads, has confirmed that Mr Alisher Usmanov has been nominated for the presidency of the International Fencing Federation. The documents required for Usmanov's registration as a candidate have been submitted to the FIE headquarters in Lausanne (Switzerland). Election of the FIE President, members of the Executive Body, and members of the Committees, will take place at the FIE Congress in Paris on December 6.
Since July 2005, Usmanov has been Head of the European Fencing Confederation. He accepted the RFF proposal for nomination for the position of FIE President after heads of Fencing Federations from a majority 33 European countries expressed their intentions to support his nomination when they met in Moscow in late September. At the meeting, chaired by Usmanov, members approved a common strategy for European countries for election to the FIE Executive Body, and a list of European candidates for the Executive Body and Committees was approved.
Usmanov's nomination also won the support of the President of the Pan-American Fencing Confederation, Jorge Castro (Mexico). Castro stated that Usmanov's bid for the presidency had the support of 20 fencing federations throughout Central and South America, as well as members of the Pan American Fencing Confederation. Currently, the name of just one opponent to Usmanov has been announced, and that is the current FIE President Rene Roch (France). Roch has been in the position since December 1992. This will be the second time the two have been in opposition for the presidency. Four years ago, at the FIE Congress in Paris, Usmanov and Roch both competed for the position, and on that occasion, out of 109 available votes, Usmanov gained 30, and Roch took the majority 78. One ballot paper was found invalid.
In the picture: Mr Alisher Usmanov - Head of the European Fencing Confederation, Head of the Russian Fencing Federation, and founder of International Charity Fund "For Future of Fencing."