FENCERS in higher educational institutions now have another reason to rejoice as a fencing circuit catering to them has been set up.
The first leg of the circuit, called the IPT-KPM Nilai University 2014 Fencing Championship League, begins today at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang.
The league is part of Nilai University’s initiatives as the centre for development for the sport of fencing within higher educational institutions.
The university was chosen by the Education Ministry as the centre for development for fencing in September 2012 and are the organisers of the league.
With the Ministry’s backing, it reached out to higher learning institutions of the country, namely, public and private universities, community colleges and polytechnics, attracting 76 fencers to the league.
The league will have three circuits moving from USM in Penang to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Skudai in June followed by the grand finale in Nilai University in August.
Fencers from all levels will have the opportunity to pit their skills against one another and among them are elite, national-level and up-and-coming fencers.
The tournament, which is open to the public, will feature six events under three categories — foil, epee and sabre — for both men and women.
The league will also play a part in the selection for fencers in the Asean world university games, serving as an indicator.
“It is one way of allowing us to choose fencers to represent the country in those games,” said Nilai University student affairs and sports director Michael Yei (pic).
“Fencing will be introduced for the first time in the 17th Asean University Games later this year and this platform will come in handy for that selection,” he added.
The competitors will be awarded points and medals at the end of each circuit and for the grand finals, cash prizes will be given out to the overall first, second- and third-placed fencers.
Parties interested in finding out more can contact Michael at email@example.com.