Brazil's national team fencing coach Gennady Miakotnykh has died ©Getty Images

International Fencing Federation (FIE) have paid tribute to Brazilian fencing team coach Gennady Miakotnykh, following his death at the age of 79.

The Brazilian Confederation of Fencing (CBE) announced the death of the coach, who worked at the Brazilian Confederation of Fencing.

The Russian coach had worked with the Brazilian team for the past 20 years.

He was credited for developing several members of their national team.

“CBE expresses its deepest regret at the passing of Gennady Miakotnykh, who dedicated a lifetime to our sport both as an athlete, as a trainer and also as a victorious trainer for high-performance athletes,” a CBE statement read.

Local reports have claimed Miakotnykh had contracted coronavirus.

The FIE also paid tribute to the coach.

“The FIE is saddened to be informed that Gennady Miakotnykh, Brazilian fencing team coach, passed away on Wednesday, March 25,” an FIE statement read.

“A renowned Russian fencing master, coach Miakotnykh lived in Brazil for 20 years and was also the coach of the Esporte Club Pinheiros in São Paulo.

“He trained numerous high-performance Brazilian fencers, including Ana Beatriz Bulcao, women’s foil medallist at the Lima 2019 Pan American Games and competitor at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

“On behalf of our world fencing family, we extend deepest sympathy and condolences to coach Miakotnykh’s family, fencers and friends, the Brazilian Fencing Federation and the Pan American Fencing Confederation at this difficult time.”