Women's Foil after Gdansk World Cup: (PLEASE SHARE WITH YOUR FENCING FRIENDS) Aida SHANAEVA (RUS) started the weekend outside of the top 2 Russian places - winning the silver medal has propelled her into the qualification places ahead of compatriot Laris KOROBEYNIKOVA (RUS). The bronze medal won by Martina BATINI (ITA) will all be in vain, due to consistently good form from … [Read more...] about Road to Rio 2016: Women’s Foil after Gdansk – Shaito likely qualifies
Dominating performances by the US team puts them in a lock for Olympic Qualification for Rio.
Men's Foil Individual after the Challenge International de Paris World Cup: Most of the qualification places for Rio will be decided through the team rankings, but those team rankings also have a major impact on which individuals will qualify. (We'll discuss the team events below.) Yuki OTA (JPN) leads the board and will be the only Japanese fencer in Men's Foil unless … [Read more...] about Road to Rio: Men’s Foil after the CIP
The Road to Rio takes Men's Foil to the Kocaeli satellite event in Turkey: Whilst we're waiting for Women's Sabre to finish a satellite with 38 entries over two days, I can update you on the final Men's Foil competition of the year - a satellite in Turkey. Not many big names were in attendance, Rene PRANZ (AUT) taking gold from Tomer OR (ISR), but both those guys are … [Read more...] about Rio 2016 Qualification: Mens Foil December Update
Following the 2016 Rio Olympics, sabre fencers will fence a very different sport but epee fencers won't need to worry about black cards for non-combativity. Early reports from the 2015 FIE Congress held in Guangzhou, China point to the largest rules changes being in sabre. The maligned rules proposal for non-combativity was removed. That rule would have penalized both … [Read more...] about 2015 FIE Congress Summary
The problem of non combativity might put fencing in a dangerous position in the next Olympic Games if not efficiently resolved.
An Alternative To The Proposed Changes To Noncombativity by Kevin O'Neill The FIE has recently proposed changes in the penalties to be applied in case of non-combativity (NC). The justification for this is a dislike, especially in Olympic circles, of extremely passive fencing, particularly in épée. The new penalty is a yellow card for both fencers, progressing to … [Read more...] about Non Combativity – Are DQs the Answer?