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日本フェンシング協会、代表選考基準に「英語力」取り入れへ

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fencer
フェンシング選手(後出 Japan ... Federation は日本フェンシング協会)
criterion (pl. criteria)
基準
president
会長
referee
審判員
competition
大会
former ~
元~
vie (→vying) for ~
~を目指す
spot
(ここでは)代表の座
administer
運営する
obtain
得る
routine
日常の
qualify for ~
~の資格を得る
athlete
選手
arsenal
(ここでは)武器
Japanese Olympic Committee
日本オリンピック委員会
proficiency
習熟度、堪能さ
condition
条件
Japan Fencing Federation President Ota Yuki (Mainichi)

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.

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週刊英語学習紙 毎日ウィークリー5月11日号

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