Fencing Federation fires back at German-born fencer Alexandra Ndolo following her laments

FENCING Fencing Federation fires back at German-born fencer Alexandra Ndolo following her laments

Abigael Wafula 08:00 - 11.11.2023

The National Fencing Federation has hit out at Alexandra Ndolo for her outrageous demands following her laments on Instagram yesterday.

The Kenyan Fencing Federation has fired back at the German-born fencer Alexandra Ndolo concerning her outrageous demands in her preparations ahead of the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

As reported by Capital Sports, the federation president Fred Chege explained that the 2022 women’s epee world silver medallist is making excessive financial demands that they have been unable to meet because of various challenges.

He explained that the World Cups are just a series of build-up competitions leading to the Olympics and an athlete has to play in at least six matches.

“Considering she is the top-ranked in Africa, Alex has already qualified for Paris and she knows this. We have tried to ask her to attend only the essential competitions in light of our financial challenges but she has refused,” Chege said.

Ndolo had taken to a post on her Instagram page to lament about being neglected one more time, which forced her to miss out on the first World Cup of the 2023/24 season in Legnano, Italy.

The athlete explained that the federation failed to register her for the event and also did not book a hotel for her and the team in time.

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“When she came to Kenya, I told her that we don’t have the financial muscle to accommodate all her needs like it was in Germany.

We are simply getting by…even the Ministry of Sports doesn’t have that much funds to meet her every need.

We sent her three airfare tickets and she returned them saying it was already late. We tried to reach out to her to find a way forward regarding accommodation and she refused to talk,” Chege divulged.

He also explained that the federation is still young and they only got affiliated to the National Olympic Committee in 2019.

“We acknowledge she played a pivotal role in this as well as the growth of fencing in Kenya but she should understand our situation as well instead of sulking,” he noted.

Meanwhile, Ndolo did not take Chege’s response lightly as she said that Chege is like a man who is ignorant of the qualification process for the Olympics as far as fencing is concerned.

“This clearly shows that he has no idea about the Olympic qualification process. Fencers qualify through the world ranking.

The highest-ranked African athlete gets the ticket. The other African athletes go to the African qualifier tournament in Algiers,” she explained.