Tributes have been paid to Iranian fencer Ahmad Akbari Javid after his death at the age of 75 ©Getty Images

Tributes have been paid to Iranian fencer Ahmad Akbari Javid, a man who "contributed all his life to the sport", after his death aged 75.

Javid competed for Iran in individual and team foil fencing, plus team sabre competition, during the Montreal 1976 Olympic Games.

Javid won two medals at the 1974 Asian Games on home soil in Tehran, winning gold and bronze respectively in foil and sabre.

He then moved into other roles within the sport, serving as secretary general of the Iranian Fencing Federation from 1993 to 1998 and again from 2009 to 2011.

Javid was a member of the International Fencing Federation's Veterans Council between 2012 and 2016, and a member of the Asian Fencing Confederation’s Veterans Commission.

He also competed in veteran fencing competitions, winning bronze medals in individual men’s foil and team sabre events at the 2017 Asian Veterans Championships.

Other roles included serving as Iran’s national foil coach and acting as an international foil referee for many years.

Paying tribute the Iranian Fencing Federation said Javid "was a coach who contributed all his life to fencing and sport" and "tirelessly, generously and with infinite kindness helped, supported and motivated all those who sought help and advice in fencing and sport."