A team of 13 fencers (sword fighters) will participate in the first ever South Asian Fencing Championship scheduled to be held at the Jawaharlal Nehru Multi Purpoe Indoor Stadium from July 20-22, in Chennai, India.
The team, consisting of 10 male and three female fencers, marks the first occasion that Sri Lanka contests the sport under the direction of the National Fencing Association of Sri Lanka (NAFSL).
The South Asian Fencing Championship promises to be a thrilling competition. The finest fencers from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan will compete under Epee, Foil and Sabre weapon categories.
Qualifying cum elimination rounds will be held for individuals while team events would go through based on direct elimination.
The tournament is organized by the South Asian Fencing Federation (SAFF), the Fencing Association of India (FAI) and the Tamilnadu Fencing Association (TFA).
The event is seen as a first of many such initiatives set to develop fencing skills and awareness of the sport within the region ,with the goal of ultimately introducing fencing as an official sport at the South Asian Games .
The first meeting of the South Asian Fencing Federation is also scheduled to be held during the event.
Sri Lanka team:
Niranjala Weeraratne, Sandeepa Sandamali, Piyumi Krishanthi, (Women’s Foil and Epee events). Sadesh Chandana Pelithanthrige, Gayan Asanka, Dilan Iresh, Gayan Samidda, Suresh Sudarshana, Priyantha Asiri Wijesinghe, Sandaradura Prageeth Gihan Sameera De Silva, Pradeep Saliya Dunikiyanga Ambakumbure, Manjula Prabhath Fernando and Chamara Nuwan Priyadharshana (Men’s Foil, Epee & Sabre events)
The National Association of Fencing Sri Lanka (NAFSL) is the country’s pioneer fencing body and is affiliated to the Federation International d’Escrime (FIE), The Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) and the Commonwealth Fencing Federation (CFF).
Established in 2007, the NAFSL has five member clubs under its purview and has been involved in the development and promotion of the sport of fencing across Sri Lanka since the inception .
The ministry of sports have approved their application to be the national controlling body.