Sri Lanka makes historic entry into sword fighting

Published : 12:25 pm  July 18, 2010 | 2 comments | Print This Post  |  1382 reads | 

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.

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2 Responses to “Sri Lanka makes historic entry into sword fighting”

  1. Zaman Cassiere
    on August 3rd, 2010 11:27 pm

    Hi,

    I am a Sri lankan residing in Singapore at the moment and I fence for a club in Singapore. I’m also a fencing coach in Singapore where we are currently training 2 fencers for the upcoming Youth Olympic Games in singapore for the Epee and Foil category.

    I would really love to fence for my country (Sri Lanka) and I would love to get some contacts of the fencers in Sri Lanka.

    I don’t even mind travelling back to Sri Lanka to train and fence with my fellow Sri Lankan fencers!

    Regards,

    Zaman Cassiere

  2. Per Andersson
    on December 30th, 2011 8:51 pm

    Dear Zaman, Sri Lankan fencing,

    My name is Per Andersson and I am also trying to get hold of clubs/contacts to be able to fence in Sri Lanka (Colombo). I am Swedish but I reside in Colombo at least a couple of weeks a year. As many other fencers I have difficulties to not stay in contact with the sport. I am primarily interested in epee fencing.

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