‘Fencing Emperor’ Oh Sang-wook, plays in his hometown Daejeon… Fencing player’s best treatment

Sang-wook Oh, a player from the Daejeon City Hall Saber Team. Provided by Daejeon

Oh Sang-wook (26), the ‘fencing emperor’ from Daejeon, returned to his hometown with the highest treatment among fencing players.

Daejeon City and the Daejeon City Sports Association established the men’s saber team at Daejeon City Hall on the 3rd and invited three players including Oh Sang-wook, Jo Han-shin, and Lee Su-hwan to join as first players. The coach will be Kim Tae-young, coach of Chungbuk Athletic High School Saber Team.

All of these players are from the Daejeon University fencing team, and Oh Sang-wook and Lee Su-hwan are natives of Daejeon.

Oh Sang-wook, a gold medalist at the Tokyo Olympics and second in the men’s saber world, became the youngest person in the history of the saber to wear the national team’s Taegeuk mark in December 2014 when he was in his third year at Songchon High School. After graduating from Daejeon University, Oh Sang-wook and Jo Han-shin played as players for Seongnam City Hall because there was no Daejeon men’s saber team.

Oh Sang-wook is known to have joined Daejeon City Hall as the best fencing player ever. Until the past, ‘Fencing Empress’ Nam Hyun-hee received the highest salary among fencing players.

There were many twists and turns until the establishment of the men’s saber team in the fencing of Daejeon City Hall. After the establishment of the women’s fencing team in 2019, as there was no men’s team, male players with excellent capabilities were lost one after another to other regions.

Daejeon City Hall men’s saber team Oh Sang-wook, Jo Han-shin, and Lee Su-hwan pose for a photo to commemorate the founding and joining of the Daejeon City Hall saber team in the Daejeon City Hall with Daejeon Mayor Heo Tae-jeong. Provided by Daejeon

In July of last year, Daejeon City Sports Council President Seung-chan Lee and others moved with the goal of establishing a men’s saber team at the level of the Sports Association.

Mayor Heo Tae-jung said, “I am delighted to have recruited excellent players such as Oh Sang-wook, a national fencing player, and I hope that you will make an effort to develop Daejeon’s athletics and promote national prestige.”

An official from the Daejeon City Sports Association said, “The Daejeon City Sports Council President Seung-chan Lee is not sparing any support for the athletes belonging to Daejeon City Hall. We will do our best to lead the Korean fencing after the Tokyo Olympics.”

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