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FIE Congress may Fix Fencing’s Clock Issues

Shin A Lam (KOR)
Shin A Lam (KOR)

Shin A Lam stranded on strip after a last second loss highlighted issues with current rules and equipment around time keeping. (Photo: S.Timacheff)

The 2012 Games was not Fencing’s finest moment. Just ask Shin A Lam (KOR).

The incident highlighted a gap in the rules and equipment related to timing of the match.

The FIE will vote in this year’s Congress on the following rules change:

Motivation: After the incident in London, there is a proposal to change the rules so that also milliseconds are
shown on the chronometer and that the referee controls the time-keeping in the last minute. There is an initial
proposal from Swiss Timing to have the command ”Allez” being given by the machine.
Proposals of the Commission:

  • Chronometers showing 100th of seconds should be introduced,
  • The referee should be able to manually set the time to the previous time with precision of 100th of a
    second,
  • The referee should operate the time-keeping during the last minute,
  • The remote control for the referee should be simplified to make it easier to handle and should operate
    with radio and not IR-signal,
  • Any oral commands should be given by the referee and not by the machine
  • Introduction of this system should be made step by step, beginning with the World Championships
    and the Olympic Games.

Opinion of the Refereeing, Promotion Commissions and Coaches Council: In favour. These proposals
should be submitted to the SEMI Commission for approval and preparation of the corresponding texts
into the Rules.

Opinion of the Refereeing Commission: in favor

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