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Indian fencers to play under FCA banner

Left to themselves to find the resources to participate in next month’s Asian Junior and Cadet Championships in Thailand, the Indian fencers finally managed to raise funds and will now take part in the event under Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) banner.

The Indian fencers have been disallowed to take part in the March 2-11 Asian event under the national flag following India’s ban by International Olympic Committee in December last. International Fencing Federation (FIE) had suspended Fencing Association of India (FAI) soon after the IOC decision.

The fencers were, however, allowed to take part in the Asian event under the foreign banner. Despite that, the participation of Indian fencers was in doubt as government funding was not forthcoming as they would not represent the country. The national federation also lacks resources as it is not getting government funds after the sport had been relegated to the ‘other’ category.

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