AFF Defers the Foil Mask - Conductive Bib Requirement

The following information is relevant to AFF National Tournaments for 2009.
Foil Mask - Conductive Bib Requirement
The AFF Executive has quite recently become aware of an emerging proposal of the FIE Semi Commission to possibly require the homologation of the "retro bib" to existing foil masks.  Such a proposal is still within the FIE policy consideration process.  However, if adopted, this would raise a significant issue for the AFF under its current national competition equipment standard which requires fencers to compete in equipment at the current FIE standard.
Consequently the AFF Executive has decided to suspend the AFF's previous decision to require the conductive bib on foil masks for national open and veteran tournaments, pending further consideration of this matter at the upcoming AFF General Meeting in May.
In addition, the current Australian suppliers of Fencing equipment that have developed their own system for adapting current foil masks with a conductive bib, will be invited to have their adapted masks available for evaluation at the upcoming DH McKenzie Tournament in Canberra.
This evaluation, together with any formal statement from the FIE, will inform the AFF General Meeting.  An updated statement will be issued after this May meeting.


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