Olympic gold medallist Aldo Montano (ITA) has been elected president of the Athletes’ Commission of the International Fencing Federation (FIE). Mr. Montano becomes a member of the FIE Executive Committee, which will meet on November 24.

The Commission, which comprises elite fencers from around the world and gives a voice to athletes in the proceedings and decisions of the FIE, met on October 7 in Lausanne, Switzerland to elect a President and hold its first meeting with its new members to prepare a working calendar.

This past July, the athletes participating in the Fencing World Championships in Leipzig, Germany elected six (non-weapon specific) athletes. Additionally, the FIE Executive Committee nominated six fencers, nominated by their respective member federations, at its September meeting, making a total of 12 members.

Commission members will serve for a four-year term. Members of the Commission include the following fencers:

  • Aldo Montano (ITA, President)
  • Yuki Ota (JPN, Representative of the Executive Committee)
  • Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY)
  • Yannick Borel (FRA)
  • Inna Deriglazova (RUS)
  • Maria Luisa Doig (PER)
  • Olga Kharlan (UKR)
  • Benjamin Kleibrink (GER)
  • Kazuyasu Minobe (JPN)
  • Gbahi Gwladys Sakoa (CIV)
  • Yujie Sun (CHN)
  • Aron Szilagyi (HUN)
  • Mariel Zagunis (USA)