26/01/2021- GBR Fencer

FIE Competition Update: January 2021

FIE announces cancellation of Cadet & Junior Zonal Championships, postponement of competition start to March 2021, revised Tokyo qualification competitions and updated COVID-19 risk mitigation requirements.

Key points taken from the FIE communication – please read the full communication here:

1.      2021 Junior and Cadet Zonal Championships

The FIE Executive Committee has decided to cancel the 2021 edition of the Junior and Cadet Zonal Championships. In the near future, the Executive Committee will review the issue of points and rankings for juniors.


2.      Resuming competitions
The various current restrictions do not allow solutions to be found that are equitable for all federations. The Executive Committee has therefore decided not to hold competitions before March 2021.


3.      Qualification competitions of March 2021 for the Tokyo Olympic Games
Following on from discussions and work with a number of federations and as some organisers had to renounce, the Executive Committee has decided to optimize the organisation of these events and to minimize the travels for federations. As a result, each weapon (both men and women) will be held in one country and the dates have been slightly revised. These competitions are therefore planned as follows:

  • Sabre World Cups (men and women): Budapest (HUN), 10-14 March
  • Epée World Cups (men and women): Kazan (RUS), 19-23 March
  • Foil Grand Prix (men and women): Doha (QAT), 26-28 March

(Note from BF: Any athlete or coach considering travelling to these events must contact [email protected] before making any arrangements. Any GBR participation will be subject to a full risk assessment, in strict accordance with the relevant government/UK Sport guidance and legislation, and dependent on successful implementation of COVID risk mitigation protocols.)


4.       FIE outline of risk-mitigation requirements for national fencing federations and competition organisers in the context of COVID-19 

The Executive Committee has approved the updated FIE outline of risk-mitigation requirements which can be found here. All amendments in the document have been highlighted. The document’s amendments include provision for a safety plan before and during the competitions, as well as one PCR test, in the host country of the competition, for all participants.


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