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?
On the eve of the 2015 World Championships China, France, and the United States are poised to qualify in all four team events. Here is where the qualifications stand:
The 2016 Rio Olympics are just over a year away. On the eve of the 2015 World Championships in Moscow I wanted to take a look on where the teams stood and what they need to do at the World Championships to be in position to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics. Here’s a quick update on how the various contests stand for Olympic Qualifying. In the team fencing events for the … [Read more...] about Road to Rio: Olympic Qualification Standings pre Worlds
Race Imboden takes #1 Ranking in Men's Foil with 5 podium finishes. Race Imboden has earned the top world ranking for men's foil in the FIE World Rankings list. The 22 year old Imboden is a three-time Pan American champion. He competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics and won a team silver medal in the 2013 World Fencing Championships and placed 9th at the 2014 World … [Read more...] about How Race Imboden got to #1
Europe's best fencers are in Switzerland this week at the Montreux Music and Convention Center (2M2C) to compete in the 2015 European Fencing Championships. A good performance at this tournament is vital to the hopes of fencers looking to book at trip to Rio for the 2016 Olympic Games. The championships begin June 5th, 2015 with individual events and the final team event … [Read more...] about 2015 European Fencing Championships Preview