Fencing is vastly becoming popular around the world. But the fast-growing sport is also very expensive: It costs tens of thousands in US dollars for a country to purchase the necessary equipment to start up the sport. That is why the International body, the organization responsible for fencing sports in the world, has given 20 thousand dollars to each country who wants to start fencing in their nation.
Sounds like Christmas in July. But there’s just one problem for Sierra Leoneans: The Sierra Leone Fencing Association, formed in 2001, has yet to develop in the country, despite the fact they should have benefited from an initial bankroll of at least 20 thousand dollars.
In the past five years, Sierra Leone has twice competed in international fencing competitions (2003 in Malaysia; 2007 in Amsterdam). In spite of international exposure, however, the country has never organized any local competition or bought any equipment for Sierra Leoneans to witness or partake in the sport regionally.
Thus the question now becomes: Did Sierra Leone ever receive the 20 thousand dollars from the International Body? And if so, who received the money on behalf of Sierra Leone and what did they do with the money?
President of the Sierra Leone Fencing Association Ibrahim Bangura is currently not in the country, so the government is unable to investigate the association to give an account on their stewardship to the people of this country.