Artículo interesante sobre Alisher Usmanov (actual Presidente de la FIE).
Passions and Pursuits
Alisher Usmanov On Saber Rattling
As told to Bruce Upbin, 03.09.11, 06:00 PM EST
Forbes Magazine dated March 28, 2011
“Fencing is a very intellectual sport. It forces you to make up your mind and decide instantly.”
Usmanov is a Russian metals tycoon worth $17.7 billion.
I started fencing saber when I was 13. . . . I was playing other sports like [soccer], but I was greatly impressed with the film The Three Musketeers. . . . It was fashionable at the time to teach children to fight with the saber. . . . My friends invited me to see a bout, and I went to the gymnasium and never left. . . . The fencing club was only two bus stops from my house in Tashkent, so I would walk by myself after school, sometimes four days a week. . . . I trained as a fencer for the next seven years. . . . I had a kind of myopia as a boy, and my doctor restricted me from going to the salle [fencing club], but when I found out one of Russia’s biggest saber masters, three-time Olympic champion Mark Rakita, also had very bad vision, I went to my father and mother and said, “I cannot live without fencing. Look at Mr. Rakita, you must give me permission to go fence.” . . . In the ninth grade I made the junior team for the Uzbekistan Republic. . . . In 1969 our team won the Uzbekistan juniors competition. . . . The highest level for me was winning the Uzbek championship individually twice and becoming a candidate to the U.S.S.R. junior combined team in 1970. . . .
Fencing is a very intellectual kind of sport. . . . It forces you to make up your mind and decide instantly. . . . You have to have a very strong will, because Lee el resto de esta entrada