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Japan to require fencers to have English skills
The Japan Fencing Federation has stated it would include English among its criteria for selecting fencers for the national team starting in 2021.
Federation President Ota Yuki, 33, made the announcement on April 25.
The English requirement will not only help fencers communicate with referees and others at international competitions, but also assist former fencers to lead lives on the international stage after they retire from the sport, the federation says.
Fencers vying for a spot on the national team must take the Global Test of English Communication (GTEC) administered by one of the federation's partner companies, Benesse Corp., every year. Unless fencers obtain a score of at least A2, which requires one to have the ability to have "a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters," they will not qualify for the national team even if they clear the fencing criteria.
"This was a decision made with the athletes' futures in mind," Ota says. "We want athletes to train hard while also building up an arsenal (of English)."
The Japanese Olympic Committee says it has not heard of English proficiency being a condition for qualifying for any other Japanese national teams.