The Philippines is now readying for the 2022 FIE Junior & Cadet Fencing World Championship that will be held in Dubai’s Hamdan Sports Complex from April 2 to 10. 

The country has already decided on the representatives it will send to the upcoming world meet. 

Pinay fencer Samantha Catantan, a mainstay of the national fencing squad, will lead the team of athletes. The 20-year-old, who won gold in the women’s foil event during the 2019 Under-23 Asian Fencing Championship, will compete to improve her 20th place finish at last year’s tournament held in Cairo, Egypt. 

This opportunity will also serve as preparation for Catantan, who plans to participate in the 2022 Hanoi Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam this May, and the Hangzhou Asian Games in China this September.

Besides the Penn State University fencer, John Francis “Tipoy” Felipe of men’s foil and Sandro Antonio Sia of men’s sabre will also be competing in the world championship junior’s category. Sia and Felipe will be part of the country’s national team in the coming SEA Games and the quadrennial tourney Asian Games.

Head Coach of the Philippine Fencing Team Rolando “Amat” Canlas Jr. said this world meet in Dubai will give vital experience to the three fencers, who are training for the coming tournaments.

“This is a very good opportunity for our fencers to really measure against the top young fencers in the world. It’s also a chance for our three members of the national team in the Hanoi SEA Games – Sam, Tipoy and Sandro – to get that additional experience to prepare them for the coming meet,” Canlas shared in a Manila Bulletin report.

Completing the delegation are: 

  • Daena Talavera – Women’s Foil 
  • Annika Bea Santos – Women’s Foil
  • Samantha Sayson – Women’s Epee
  • Matthew Gonzalez – Men’s Foil
  • Zachary Suico – Men’s Epee
  • Keonn Davies – Men’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Clyde Guinto – Men’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Antonio Manuel – Men’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Marina Carbonell – Women’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Venice Villenas – Women’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Jinsei Dela Serna – Women’s Foil (Cadet)
  • Enrico Suplico – Men’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Ram Jimenez – Men’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Andrei Agatep – Men’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Kaikaku Dela Serna – Women’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Meagan Co Say – Women’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Andrea Sayson – Women’s Sabre (Junior)
  • Jose Faber Cabrera – Men’s Epee (Cadet & Junior)

“We are all excited, the locals coming from the Philippines and the Fil-foreign fencers to show what the Filipinos can do when it comes to being competitive in fencing. We hope to do well and make the country proud,” said Canlas. 

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