CARACAS – Venezuelan politics continues to attract the world's attention. After the death of Hugo Chavez and the recent election of his no-less outspoken successor, Nicolas Maduro, eyes have now turned to the newly anointed Sports Minister: Alejandra Benítez, the Olympic fencer best known for posing nude just before last year's London Olympic Games.
“It's as if I take my clothes off during each international match,” she told Ultimas Noticias where the photo appeared of her clothes-less with strategically placed arm and helmet, reports Clarín.
Aside from being an accomplished sportswoman, 32-year-old Benítez has a BA in odontology and is a substitute member of Parliament.
Her sports career includes four Olympic Games appearances: Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. She came in 15th place.
Eficiencia o Nada! Hoy se asoma un nuevo reto y lo asumiré con el mismo compromiso de la Atleta que defiende a su Patria cueste lo q cueste!
— Alejandra Benitez R (@BenitezVEN) April 22, 2013
After her nomination as Sports Minister, Benítez wrote on Twitter: “Efficiency or Nothing. Today a new challenge has appeared and I will assume it with the same engagement of an athlete who is defending their nation at whatever cost.”