By David Owen

en gardeAugust 9 - The International Fencing Federation (FIE) has marked its centenary by releasing a three-part movie series.

The series is called "En Garde" and may be viewed on YouTube's fencing channel at

Intended to showcase the sport's heritage in this landmark year, the three 26-minute films were produced by IMG Production.

The films are said to highlight the great names of past and present, and to reflect on the governing body's commitment to expand the sport and ensure a healthy future.

Fencing has an impressive Olympic pedigree, as one of only a handful of sports to have featured at every Summer Games of the modern era.

The sport provided Greece, home of the Ancient Olympics, with its first modern-era gold medal.

The fencing programme at the inaugural modern Olympics in Athens in 1896 - staged in the marble rotunda of the Zappeion - included, moreover, the first Olympic event to be contested by professionals.

The FIE plans to publish "En Garde" in the form of a limited collectors' edition DVD in October.

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