Doha: Aspire Academy signed a sponsorship agreement with the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation to become the official technical and logistical sponsor of the 2017 Qatar Fencing Grand Prix championship that starts on Friday. Aspire Academy’s promising fencers will test their wits against some of the world’s best in the three-day event to be held at the academy.
The agreement was signed by Aspire Academy Deputy Director General Ali Salem Afifa on behalf of Director General Ivan Bravo, and Secretary General of Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation Khalid Issa Al Hamadi, who is also a former Qatari fencer.
Director of Education and Student Affairs Badr Al-Hay and the CEO of the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation and the Chairman of the Grand Prix championship Abdullah Ali Al Ghanim also attended.
Afifa expressed the Academy’s preparedness to host the three-day event in collaboration with the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation.
"This sponsorship agreement builds on our existing partnership with the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation and other various Qatari sporting federations. This is an important sporting event for Qatar and it gives our fencing athletes in Aspire Academy and other local clubs a chance to compete on an international level against professional athletes, including some of the world’s highest ranked players,” said Afifa.
Al Hamadi, said: “We’d like to extend our thanks to Aspire Academy for extending its support for the Qatar Fencing Grand Prix, which is now in its 15th year. It is fantastic that the Academy is committed to supporting so many important sporting competitions in Qatar. We chose to organise the competition in Aspire Academy due to its great facilities and acclaimed local and international standing as a sporting organization. This stands only to boost the event’s reputation, both locally and internationally.”
The agreement builds on Aspire Academy and the Qatar Weightlifting and Fencing Federation’s existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) agreement that was signed last May. The partnership aims to establish a world-class programme that develops athletes and prepares them for successful participation in Asian and international competitions, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.