En garde in Tokyo quest

S'porean fencer Berthier aims for Olympics despite coronavirus setback

Fencer Amita Berthier was training in Kentucky with coach Amgad Khazbak before her plans were derailed by Covid-19
Fencer Amita Berthier was training in Kentucky with coach Amgad Khazbak before her plans were derailed by Covid-19. PHOTO COURTESY OF FENCING SINGAPORE

The year-long delay of the Tokyo Olympics has played havoc with the sporting calendar, but it has also provided a silver lining for national fencer Amita Berthier.

In a bid to qualify for this year's Games, the 19-year-old had put off her second academic year at the University of Notre Dame to train full-time at the Bluegrass Fencers' Club in Lexington, Kentucky, with coach Amgad Khazbak.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 05, 2020, with the headline 'En garde in Tokyo quest'. Print Edition | Subscribe