Take the romantic, swashbuckling epics of Errol Flynn, add some rules, protective clothing and an electronic scoring system, and you have fencing at the Olympic Games. Two rivals stand opposite each other and feint, lunge, parry and riposte until one scores the required number of hits to win. [Full story]
8 host country fencers (gender not defined)
Total of 212 athletes
Maximum per NOC:
3 fencers per weapon for the weapons in which there is a team event
2 fencers per weapon for the weapons in which there is only an individual event.
|November 15, 2007||Deadline for the submission of requests for Tripartite Commission Invitation places by all NOCs.|
|March 31, 2008||Closure of the rolling FIE Official Ranking (one competition replaces that organized the previous year)|
|April 15 - May 5, 2008||Zone-qualifying events|
|May 7, 2008||The FIE forwards the results of the zone-qualifying events|
|April - July, 2008||The Tripartite Commission to confirm, in writing, the allocation (if any) of the Invitation places to the NOCs.|
|July 23, 2008||Deadline for Beijing 2008 Organising Committee to receive entry forms submitted by NOCs|
QUALIFICATION SYSTEM IN DETAIL
1) Qualification for weapons for which there is an individual event and a team event
a) Team qualification
The teams will be composed of 3 fencers, that is, 8 teams, 24 fencers for each weapon, plus a team from the host country if applicable. These teams will qualify as follows:
The first four teams in the FIE Official Team Ranking (OR), irrespective of which zone they are from. If an NOC declines its qualification, the team ranked fifth will qualify, then the team ranked sixth, etc.
The highest-ranked team from each zone in the Adjusted FIE Team Official Ranking (AOR). If an NOC declines its qualification, the second team from the same zone in the Adjusted FIE Team Official Ranking qualifies. If a zone is not represented at all, or by only one team, but its participation is not approved by its NOC, the following highest-ranked team, irrespective of which zone it is from, qualifies.
b) Individual qualification
For each weapon, the 24 fencers from the team competition will be qualified.
The 3 highest ranked fencers in the FIE individual AOR, with only one fencer from any one country.
The 7 highest ranked fencers from the FIE individual AOR* by zone (2 from Europe, 2 from Asia-Oceania, 2 from America and 1 from Africa) with only one fencer from any one country.
The 5 highest ranked fencers from zone-qualifying events (2 from Europe, 1 from Asia-Oceania, 1 from America and 1 from Africa) with only one fencer from any one country.
In no case may a country qualify more than 3 fencers per weapon. Qualification by the FIE individual AOR and by the FIE individual AOR by zone is reserved for countries that do not have fencers qualified by team.
The zone-qualifying events are therefore open (1 fencer per country) only to those countries that have no fencers qualified (by team, by the FIE individual AOR or by the FIE individual AOR by zone).
AOR* The Adjusted Official Ranking is the FIE Official Ranking modified as follows:
For the weapons in which there is a team event, we remove the names of all the fencers from those countries which have qualified by team. Then we keep the two highest-ranked fencers per country and per zone.
Total fencers for individual events, for those weapons for which there is a team event: 24+15 = 39 fencers.
2) Individual qualification for weapons for which there is no team event
There are 24 remaining places for each weapon that are divided as follows:
In no case may a country qualify more than 2 fencers per weapon.
- the first 8 from the FIE individual AOR*, 2 fencers maximum per country;
- the first 8 from the FIE individual AOR by zone, 1 fencer per country, (3 for Europe, 2 for Asia-Oceania, 2 for America and 1 for Africa );
- the first 8 from the zone-qualifying events (1 fencer per country and per weapon) which are open to those countries which have no fencers qualified through the two preceding criteria for the weapon concerned (3 for Europe, 2 for Asia-Oceania, 2 for America and 1 for Africa).
AOR * The Adjusted Official Ranking is the FIE Official Ranking modified as follows:
For the weapons in which there is no team event, we keep only the 2 highest-ranked fencers per country, and all the other names are removed.
QUALIFICATION OF THE HOST COUNTRY
The host country will have the right to enter 8 fencers, to be distributed between team and individual events as it sees fit: thus, it could enter teams, or have no team and select for only the individual events.
TRIPARTITE COMMISSION (IOC-ANOC-FIE) INVITATION PLACES
RE-ALLOCATION OF UNUSED QUOTA PLACESIf national federations do not meet the deadline of 31 May 2008 to confirm the participation of a qualified fencer, the FIE will thus re-allocate the places available as follows: