As the global COVID-19 situation continues to evolve and spread, the Fencing Central Committee recommends that all fencers, fencing clubs and fencing events follow guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health.
We recommend that anyone who has recently traveled overseas, or been into close contact with a person who has recently traveled overseas, or are feeling unwell, please refrain from attending fencing training, competitions, and other events for 14 days, to help reduce the risk of spreading the virus.
Further information regarding the COVID-19 situation is available on the Ministry of Health website.
Fencing New Zealand is taking the situation seriously and has revised rule t.122 effective immediately:
Before the beginning of each bout, the two fencers must perform a fencer’s salute to their opponent, to the Referee and to the spectators. Equally, when the final hit has been scored, the bout has not ended until the two fencers have saluted each other, the Referee and the spectators: to this end, they must remain still while the referee is making his decision; when he has given his decision, they must return to their on-guard line and perform a fencer’s salute . If either or both of the two fencers refuse to comply with these rules, the Referee will penalise him/them as specified for offences of the 4th group (cf. t.158-162, t.169, t.170).
Fencers will NOT be allowed to shake their opponents hand at the completion of each bout.