I got a question when judging a foil bout. Let me set up the situation first.
Before the bout start, two fencers' equipments have been checked, and no fault is found.
During the bout, fencer A makes a hit on the bib of the mask of fencer B, and a 'non-valid' hit (white lamp) is registered by the apparatus. The referee (that is me) did see fencer A make a hit on the bib of the mask of fencer B. Should the referee give a point to fencer A (fencer A scords) , or annul the point and make fencer B change his mask?
t.51. Only the indications of the recording apparatus can be taken into consideration for
judging the materiality of hits. The Referee cannot declare a competitor to be hit
unless the hit has been properly registered by the apparatus (except as provided for in
Article t.49.1, or when a penalty hit has been awarded).
2. When during a bout an irregularity is found in the equipment which could be
caused by conditions during the bout:
— conductive jacket with holes in which hits are registered as non-valid,
— weapon or bodywire no longer functioning,
— pressure of the spring in the point too weak,
— the travel in the point no longer regulation,
the Referee will apply neither warning nor penalty and any hit scored with the
equipment which has become defective will be awarded.
My question is that if the mask of fencer B is okay before the start of the bout (checked by the referee); however it becomes defective during the bout, acording to t.45.2, should the referee give the point to fencer A.
But according to t.51, it seems that the referee cannot give the point to fencer A. Because that The Referee cannot declare a competitor to be hit unless the hit has been properly registered by the apparatus.
Can anyone give me some suggestions?