On Monday, January 25, 2021, the Federation Internationale d'Escrime announced that international tournaments will not be held until March when the final qualification events for the Tokyo Olympic Games will take place. Men's and women's events will be held in each weapon over the same weekend in order to minimize the travel needed for federations.
The 2021 Junior and Cadet Zonal Championships have been cancelled in all zones.
Senior World Cup and Grand Prix tournaments are scheduled as follows:
USA Fencing to Launch North American Cups Beginning in April
After more than a year, the USA Fencing North American Cup circuit will return with athletes competing at national events beginning in April.
The fourth stage in USA Fencing’s Return to Fencing plan will include NAC tournaments that will be held in April, May and June. All tournament events will be held in accordance with local and state COVID-19 regulations.
April North American Cup
Div I, Y14, Y12, Y10, Para
April 16-19, 2021
Fort Worth, Texas
May North American Cup
Div I, Junior, Cadet, Y14
May 6-9, 2021
June North American Cup
Div I, Junior, Cadet
June 4-7, 2021
National Championships Qualification Paths and Summer Tournament Schedule
The USA Fencing summer competition season will include two additional tournaments in July and August, following the USA Fencing National Championships and July North American Cup which will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia from July 3-12.
USA Fencing members are advised that regional events will resume beginning on Feb. 26 and will include Regional Open, Regional Youth and Regional Junior and Cadet Circuit tournaments.
All regional events may only be held as long as they are in compliance with local and state guidelines. These tournaments will be open to participants within the region only through March 11.
Regional events will be open to competitors from other regions beginning on March 12; however, athletes may only earn regional points at events within their region at RYC and RJCC tournaments. Athletes may compete and earn points in ROCs outside their home region beginning March 12. Super Youth and Super Junior and Cadet Circuit tournaments can begin for the season on March 26.
USA Fencing will resume the sanctioning of local tournaments beginning on Aug. 1, 2020 in areas in which such events are permitted by local and state laws, regulations, executive orders and other legal mandates related to COVID-19. All sanctions and related insurance coverage will apply only to tournaments in areas in which they can be operated legally.
In order to assist fencers and their families, tournament organizers, division leaders and administrators, USA Fencing has developed guidelines based upon the recommendations provided by accredited health authorities, including the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee.
Regional and local events for the 2020-2021 season will be allowed to put a maximum size cap on entries in order to comply with local and state guidelines. Any regional tournament wishing to cap entries must submit venue information and local conditions to the National Office for review. Capping events may be implemented for the 2020-2021 season only.