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Ioan Pop (Hungarian: János Pap, born 24 October 1954) is a retired Romanian sabre fencer. He competed at the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympics and won team bronze medals in 1976 and 1984. He won three more team medals at the world championships in 1974–1977.

Ioan Pop
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Personal information
Birth nameJános Pap[1][2]
Born (1954-10-24) 24 October 1954 (age 64)
Cluj-Napoca, Romania[3]
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)
Weight75 kg (165 lb)
ClubCSM Cluj
CSA Steaua Bucureşti[4]

Pop took up fencing aged 11 and after retiring from competitions worked as a coach with Progresul Bucharest and the national sabre team. In 1990 he was elected deputy secretary general of the Romanian Fencing Federation. In 1994 he left Romania to train the national fencing team of Tunisia, where his students included Henda Zaouali. In 1997 he became the first technical director of the International Fencing Federation (FIR), and in 2013 was inducted into the FIE Hall of Fame.[4]


  1. ^ Egyetemes magyar sport – Lapozgató (53.) – 2013. december 30., hétfő – Háromszék, független napilap Sepsiszentgyörgy. Retrieved on 2016-10-10.
  2. ^ Vívó világversenyek kulisszatitkai | ERDON. (2013-08-23). Retrieved on 2016-10-10.
  3. ^ "Ioan Pop Olympic Results". Archived from the original on 2011-04-10. Retrieved 2011-04-10.
  4. ^ a b Ioan Pop. Romanian Olympic Committee