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National and Regional Events Update

12/22/2020, 9:15am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Due to the continued impact of cases of COVID-19 throughout the country, USA Fencing will be suspending the sanctioning of regional events until February 15. Accordingly, neither the North American Cup circuit nor Championship events will take place until at least March. Divisions may continue to sanction local events if those events are allowed by local and state restrictions. 

If you were registered for a regional tournament scheduled to be held on or before February 15, the tournament host will contact you by email with an update on whether the tournament will be cancelled or postponed to later in the season.

2020-21 Regional Events Calendar

This decision comes after consultation between the National Office, sports medicine staff, tournament committee and its athlete representatives. USA Fencing will continue to assess the resumption of tournaments, as well as size, structure and formats in the coming weeks. Additional information regarding the updated national events calendar will be released in January.

The Tournament Committee and National Office are continuing to work to finalize qualification paths for the 2021 National Championships and July Challenge as well as the 2021 Junior Olympic Championships, taking into consideration the reduction of available tournaments during the 2020-21 season.

As announced last week, the Federation Internationale d’Escrime will be conducting a site visit to Cairo, Egypt in January to assess the feasibility of hosting the 2021 Junior and Cadet World Championships which are currently scheduled to take place in April. It is not expected that additional information on this event will be made available until mid-January. Selection criteria and any information regarding qualifying events will be released in January.

The FIE also has not published the updated schedule for the 2021 World Cup season and remaining Olympic qualifying events. Once this information is made available, more information will be released as well as any information regarding Division I competition and training camps for National Team members.

For questions regarding the 2021 domestic schedule, contact nationalevents@usafencing.org.

For questions regarding the 2021 international schedule or related Senior or Junior National Team inquiries, contact international@usafencing.org

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