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Fencing fun in Nanjing ahead of YOG

20 May 2014
Nanjing, China: Students at Shuangtang Primary School in Nanjing have been given a chance to get their own back on their parents - through fencing!  Ahead of this summer’s Youth Olympic Games, the International Fencing Federation hosted a Fencing Promotion Programme in Nanjing to encourage participation in the sport.

The students were able to try out all things linked to fencing, and parents needed to be on guard as they were able to fence each other throughout the day. China’s Athlete Role Model for the YOG, Olympic gold medallist Lei Sheng, helped the children discover more about fencing, including having a go at the sport themselves – and who better to learn from!

Lei Sheng was also the subject of a “Dialogue with a Fencer” session, where he fenced and interacted with the children, very much adhering to the YOG “Learn and Share” Programme. Over 1,000 people took part in the day’s fencing fun, including students, parents and even teachers. It was a day to get involved and try out a new sport, something that we will see lots more of this August in Nanjing!

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