At the recent 2017 World Fencing Championships in Leipzig, Germany, athletes from around the globe cast votes for members of a new Athletes’ Commission, which is an important participant and voice in the proceedings and oversight of the International Fencing Federation. The following Six athletes were voted into office:
- Aldo Montano (ITA, 225 votes)
- Olga Kharlan (UKR, 211 votes)
- Minobe Kazuyasu (JPN, 204 votes)
- Aron Szilagyi (HUN, 190 votes)
- Yannick Borel (FRA, 171 votes)
- Mariel Zagunis (USA, 158 votes)
These fencers were elected from an overall field of 21, and 571 athletes took part in the vote. At its first session following this summer’s World Championships, the FIE Executive Committee will nominate a maximum of six athletes, from the list of candidates proposed by national federations. If the candidatures so allow, the six weapons and four zones (Europe, America, Africa, Asia/Oceania) should be represented on the commission.
The new Athletes’ Commission will meet in Lausanne, Switzerland 7th October 2017 to elect its president and prepare a working calendar.
More information about the FIE Athletes’ Commission here.