I heard that fact from a PWF fencer. It was a few years ago, so maybe do some more thorough research in like 2007-2009 time frame. Please let me know what you find and share it with us. Another way to promote the sport is through entertainment. Some of the Eastern European and Middle-Eastern federations have pioneered making a "Pro Wrestling" style TV show about fencing. The shows feature "extremes, characters with outrageous uniforms, story lines, rivalries, main events, bout modifies, and fencing bouts realistic combat blood . . . " (I apologize for Google translate). Fencing has grown rapidly in popularity since the emergence of those shows - for better or for worse.