South Africa’s fencing generation

Fencing is not just for the privileged South Africans anymore as children from poor areas are introduced to the sport.

Children from poor neighbourhoods in South Africa are being introduced to fencing, a sport perceived by some to be mainly played by a privileged few.

These children are learning the basics of fencing and come from poor families who can’t afford private lessons or the equipment needed to practice.

But thanks to donations, an 18-year-old Aphiwe Tuku is this year’s national champion in her age group and she’s also competed in Europe.

Apart from Tuku, the introduction of fencing to these children is also helping to keep them off the streets.

Haru Mutasa reports from Johannesburg.

Source : Al Jazeera

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