USA Fencing President Don Anthony Elected to FIE Executive Committee, USA Fencing Wins Five Seats on Committees and Commissions

Dec. 10, 2012, 10:22 p.m. (ET)

The U.S. delegation at the FIE Elective Congress: Don Anthony Jr., Iana Dakova, Dan DeChaine, Carl Borack, Sam Cheris, Jeff Bukantz and FIE Photographer Serge Timacheff. 

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – USA Fencing’s president, Donald Anthony Jr. (Columbus, Ohio) was elected to the executive committee of the FIE, the international governing body for the sport of fencing, on Saturday.

Anthony earned one of 15 positions on the executive committee that were voted on by 137 delegates during the FIE Electoral Congress in Moscow, Russia.

Four of USA Fencing’s candidates for positions on committees and commissions also were elected, including: 

  • Carl Borack (Santa Monica, Calif.), Promotion / Publicity Committee
  • Sam Cheris (Aurora, Colo.), Legal Commission
  • Iana Dakova (Pittsburgh, Pa.), Arbitrage Commission
  • Dan DeChaine (Claremont, Calif.), SEMI Commission

In addition, the FIE Executive Committee also selected all four of USA Fencing’s nominations for four panels and councils, including:

  • Donald Alperstein (Denver, Colo.), Disciplinary Panel
  • Rita Comes (Palo Alto, Calif.), Veterans Council
  • Stacey Johnson (Helotes, Texas), Women and Fencing Council
  • Ed Korfanty (Portland, Ore.), Coaches Council

“I want to congratulate the team that attended the FIE Electoral Congress in Moscow on the way we worked together to represent USA Fencing and achieve our significant results. USA Fencing is in an excellent position to work with the FIE for the growth and development of our sport,” Anthony said. “It was a team effort and I want to thank everyone contributed to the work leading up to and during the Congress.”

Also during the Electoral Congress, Alisher Usmanov (RUS) was elected to another four-year term as president of the FIE.

“I want to thank the Russian Federation for their hospitality and for hosting an excellent Congress and also congratulates to Mr. Usmanov for his reelection as President and all of candidates elected to lead the FIE for the next four years,” Anthony said.

Anthony’s term on the executive committee will last through 2016. The complete list of executive committee members are as follows:

2012-2016 FIE Executive Committee
Donald Anthony Jr. (USA)
Erika Aze (LAT)
Jacek Bierkowski (POL)
Tamer El Araby (EGY)
Max W. F. Geuter (GER)
Velichka Hristeva (BUL)
Guk Hyeon Kim (KOR)
Ana Pascu (ROU)
Novak Perovic (RSA)
Oleg Peskov (KAZ)
Frederic Pietruszka (FRA)
Stanislav Pozdniakov (RUS)
Ferial Nadira Salhi (ALG)
Giorgio Scarso (ITA)
Wei Wang (CHN)