SINGAPORE - National fencer Samson Lee, 30, has been elected as a member of the Fencing Confederation of Asia (FCA) Athletes' Commission - the first time a Singaporean fencer is joining the commission.
He joins four other members - Lam Hin Chung of Hong Kong, Korean Jeon Heesook, Iran's Mojtaba Abedinishormasti and Jamilya Yunusbayeba of Kazakhstan - and vice-chairman Sun Yu Jie of China and chairman Yuki Ota of Japan, who is a two-time Olympic silver medallist.
The seven-man team, announced on June 17 during the ongoing Asian Fencing Championships in Hong Kong, will serve their term from 2017 to 2021.
Fencing Singapore president Juliana Seow said Lee's inclusion into the FCA Athletes' Commission will not only help promote the sport in Singapore, but also put the Republic in the spotlight.
"Our fencers are making waves on the Asian scene," she told The Straits Times.
"We are a small nation with limited resources, and we can still be out there and be prominent to our Asian neighbours ... we are very grateful that many countries voted for Samson."