The format for this tournament is madness indeed: In each weapon, every student-athlete fences every student-athlete in a series of five-touch bouts. That’s 24 fencers in 23 bouts apiece over two grueling days. Consider it the largest pool round you’ve ever seen.
Earlier this month in Columbus, Ohio, USA Fencing launched its Fencing for Everyone initiative, powered by Leon Paul. This new effort aims to make the sport of fencing more accessible by bringing it to cities across the United States through school programs and parks and recreation departments.
During the meeting, which was held virtually, the Board discussed succession planning, Hall of Fame selection criteria, conflict of interest and whistleblower policies, the appointment of a Grievance and Disciplinary Committee and more.
USA Fencing is disappointed, frustrated and disturbed — though not all that surprised — at the outcome of today’s vote, wherein more than 60% of nations voted to allow fencers and officials from Russia and Belarus to return to international fencing competition.
In a written address to the FIE (International Fencing Federation) expected to be read during the Congress, USA Fencing Treasurer Samuel Cheris outlines the reasons behind USA Fencing’s strong opposition.