Iranian fencing mourns Olympian Ahmad Akbari Javid, 75


Tehran, Iran, October 24, 2022: The Iranian Fencing Federation has paid a fulsome tribute to Olympian Ahmad Akbari Javid who died last week. He was 75.

In a statement, the Iranian Fencing Federation said: “Mr. Javid was a coach who contributed all his life to fencing and sport. He tirelessly, generously and with infinite kindness helped, supported and motivated all those who sought help and advice in fencing and sport.”

Javid, who was a member of the International Fencing Federation’s Veteran Council, spent seven decades of his life in fencing. He competed for Iran in individual and team foil and team sabre events at the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

At the 1974 Asian Games held in Tehran, he won a gold medal and bronze medal in foil and sabre in addition to many other achievements in international and Asian competitions. He also won bronze medals in individual foil and team sabre events at the 2017 Asian Veteran Championships.

He served as Secretary General of the Iranian Fencing Federation from 1993 to 1998 and again from 2009 to 2011, and was a member of the Veterans’ Commission of the Asian Fencing Confederation. He also worked for many years as an international foil referee.

The International Fencing Federation in Lausanne, Switzerland extended its sincere condolences to Javid’s family and friends, the Iranian Fencing Federation and the Asian Fencing Confederation. “We express our deepest sympathy to them during this difficult time.”