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Olympic Games and Junior World Championships Qualification Update

02/03/2021, 5:45pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

The Olympic qualification season will resume with the Budapest Saber World Cup in March.

As announced on Jan. 26, the Federation Internationale d’Escrime will be holding the final qualifying tournament for each weapon for the Tokyo Olympic Games in March.

In accordance with the USA Fencing Selection Procedures for the 2021 Olympic Games, each of the following tournaments will be a designated international event for U.S. Olympic Fencing team selection:

  • Saber World Cups (men and women): Budapest (HUN), March 11-14 
  • Epée World Cups (men and women): Kazan (RUS), March 19-23  
  • Foil Grand Prix (men and women): Doha (QAT), March 26-28   

Selection events were chosen for designation through consultation between the USA Fencing Sports Performance Department and the national coaches, Sports Performance Resource Team and athlete representatives.

For the U.S. Olympic Men’s and Women’s Foil and Epee Teams, the events listed above will serve as the final international qualifying tournament for the 2021 Olympic Games as each of these squads had one international competition remaining prior to the shutdown of international events due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both the men’s and women’s saber squads had two international selection events remaining prior to the shutdown. The Budapest World Cup will be designated as the first of the final two international selection events. A second event will be designated after the announcement of additional World Cup and Grand Prix events for the 2020-21 season.

The final domestic tournament for team selection will be announced when the national events schedule is released in the coming weeks.

Online registration for the tournaments above will open on Feb. 3 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. EST on Feb. 15. Selections will be announced on Feb. 16.  There will be no late registration period.  Selection for the maximum of 12 athletes who will compete in each of these tournaments will be conducted as follows based on the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings as of Feb. 1, 2021. The National Team Point Standings are available at https://www.usafencing.org/current-point-standings. Please Note: Junior and Cadet Team Point Standings used for selection do not include athletes who aged out of their event at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season. The current USA Fencing National Team Point Standings include all results on the National Team Point Standings prior to the shutdown of events due to the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020:

1. Top 24 athletes on the Senior National Team Points Standings

2. Top 12 athletes on the Junior National Team Points Standings

3. Top 8 athletes on the Cadet National Team Points Standings

4. All remaining athletes on the Senior National Team Points Standings

5. All remaining athletes on the Junior National Team Points Standings

6. All remaining athletes on the Cadet National Team Points Standings

7. Athletes not on any National  Point Standings; these athletes will be ranked according to USA Fencing classification. If ties remain, fencers will be chosen by drawing lots.

Points earned at the events will count for Senior National Team and Rolling Points Standings.  Points earned at the events will NOT count for Cadet and Junior National Team and Rolling Points Standings.

Junior and Cadet World Championships

An announcement has not yet been made by the FIE regarding whether the 2021 Junior and Cadet World Championships will be held as scheduled in April in Cairo, Egypt. An update is expected to be made in late February.

Therefore, USA Fencing will not be hosting a final team selection event. Should the 2021 Junior and Cadet World Championships be postponed to a later date that allows for selection to include additional tournaments, updated selection criteria will be released.

Should Junior and Cadet Worlds take place in April, USA Fencing will be selecting a provisional 2021 Junior and Cadet World Championship Team based on the 2019-2020 season final USA Fencing National Team Point Standings. Athletes who aged out at the conclusion of the 2019-20 season have been removed from the standings. These point standings include the results earned by athletes at international and domestic competitions prior to the shutdown due to COVID-19 in March of 2020. The National Team Point Standings are posted at https://www.usafencing.org/current-point-standings.

The top four fencers on the Junior National Team Points Standings will be selected as members of the Provisional Junior World Championship Team and compete in both the individual and team competitions. The top three fencers on the Cadet National Team Points Standings will be selected as members of the Provisional Cadet World Championship Team.

Should a fencer decline his or her selection for the individual or team event, the next highest ranked fencer will qualify. In the case of injury or illness, the next highest ranked fencer will qualify.

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