Alisher Usmanov will serve a fourth term as president of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) after he was officially re-elected on Saturday (27 November).

Usmanov was nominated for the role by the Russian Fencing Federation on 18 October and was announced as the sole candidate last month.

His re-election was rubber-stamped at the federation’s congress in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The 68-year-old has been in post since 2008, having been re-elected twice in 2012 and 2016.

Usmanov said: “I am honoured to be re-elected as FIE president with the support of our world fencing family. Fencing is stronger than it has ever been as a global sport. Our FIE programmes and support for fencing worldwide have facilitated its dynamic growth and its increased popularity as one of the original Olympic events.

“I am absolutely confident about the bright future of fencing. Our joint efforts and commitment are the key to the success of fencing at high-level sporting events in the future.”