The exact start times for specific events — aka check-in times — are posted approximately six weeks before a USA Fencing national tournament begins. Some in our community have asked why these times can’t be shared earlier.
Selina Kaing, an IT services expert who has performed transformational work with some of the world’s top companies, and Ivan Lee OLY, who parlayed successful fencing across multiple decades into a position as head fencing coach of Long Island University, have been named vice chairs.
Athletes will be permitted to participate in USA Fencing-sanctioned events in a manner consistent with their gender identity/expression, regardless of the gender associated with the sex they were assigned at birth.
Giving priority to more inclusive states is just one way USA Fencing plans to show its ongoing support of women and of individuals who identify as LGBTQ — support that is increasingly essential as states pass anti-LGBTQ and anti-abortion legislation.
USA Fencing will vote to prolong the ban on Russian and Belorussian fencers at a meeting of the FIE this month. Moreover, anyone who has held a Russian or Belorussian FIE license in the past three years will not be allowed to compete, coach or referee at USA Fencing-sanctioned tournaments.
Effective immediately, individuals are no longer required to show proof of vaccination to compete in or attend USA Fencing national tournaments. As the pandemic continues to evolve, we encourage members to receive vaccines and updated boosters and to wear masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.