The USA Fencing Sports Performance staff is continuing to work with the national coaches, Athlete Council and Sports Performance Resource Team in order to finalize selection criteria for the 2021 Junior and Cadet Worlds while keeping in line with the safety and well-being of our athletes, coaches and families. While this year’s selection process will be different than past years due to the cancellation of domestic and international tournaments in 2020 and early 2021, the support staff and cadre for the Junior and Cadet World Championship Team are striving to establish criteria that allow for a final qualification opportunity before the team is named in March.
In January, the FIE is planning a site visit to Cairo, Egypt to meet with the hosts of the Junior and Cadet World Championships which are currently scheduled to take place in April. USA Fencing anticipates further information regarding the viability of the event sometime in January or early February and will communicate accordingly. Should the World Championships be rescheduled or canceled, the selection criteria will become null and void and a new plan for selections will be developed.
Given the unprecedented restrictions on training, travel and competition due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the following principles will be used to guide selection to the 2021 Cadet and Junior World Championship Team:
Currently there is no information concerning the Junior Pan American Zonal Championships which are usually scheduled for late February or early March. Once details are known, USA Fencing will communicate further.
Thank you to all of the potential National Team members, coaches, families and cadre for your flexibility and patience during this process. The opportunity to represent Team USA on the world’s stage is one that is cherished by all candidates for the team and we look forward to the day when our nation’s top young fencers can compete against the world’s best again.