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It has been suggested that this is the natural consequence of having points-earning tournaments that are not open to all fencers and exacerbated by the weighting of points in favour of those tournaments that are most restrictive in terms of participation. It has been further argued that it would appear that in spite of any regular review process that may be undertaken, once you are in the AFT it's going to be pretty hard to be overtaken by an AFS or non-AFS athlete and that gives the impression of a closed system, designed to protect those on the inside at the expense of the rest. 

These arguments are not correct.  They are based on the incorrect idea that the AFT is a development squad with selection rights. It is not – the AFT is the NATIONAL TEAM.  Anyone who meets the criteria is eligible to nominate and be selected on the NATIONAL TEAM (i.e. AFT). The major change to selection with the introduction of AFT is about when the National Team is selected, what your obligations are between when you are selected and when you compete, and a strategic decision by the AFF to focus on teams not individuals. It is not about anyone being excluded or treated differently.

Once the National Team is selected for an international competition it is true that the team members are the only ones who can potentially earn ranking points from that event but that is true NO MATTER WHEN THE TEAM IS SELECTED (whether it one week or one year before the competition) or what you commit to do between selection and competition. The limit on how many fencers can potentially earn ranking points from the event is determined by the number of entries the AFF is allowed for the event not by the AFF. This is particularly the case since the introduction of the AFT because at the same time the AFF moved to selecting the national team approximately 12 months before the respective World Championships (i.e. the AFT) it introduced a policy of sending FULL TEAMS to international events whenever possible which was not the case before the introduction of the AFT. This actually means MORE fencers NOT LESS get the opportunity to earn international ranking points.

The AFF ranking system limits the number of ranking point events that can be counted towards an individual's ranking. There are no cheap points in international competition - you don't get points just for turning up. The limit on the number of ranking point events that can count to a fencer’s national ranking means AFS and Non AFT/AFS fencers who do well in domestic competitions and/or category E events can acquire enough ranking points to gain entry onto the AFT/AFS.

The weighting of points for international events reflects the Selection Commissions assessment of the difficulty of the event and is there to encourage Australian fencers to compete in these more difficult events. It also compensates Australian fencers who may have to miss domestic events in order to compete internationally.