In late 2017, the FIE introduced new requirements in relation to masks and chest protectors (foil only).
Changes to mask requirements
The new requirements apply to the fastening systems for masks. These requirements were introduced in response to safety concerns followinng a number of incidents in which masks have fallen off during bouts. Further details are contained in Rule m25.7 of the FIE Material Rules – click here
During the 2017/18 FIE season, the new mask fastening requirements only apply to the Cadet & Junior World Championships and the Senior World Championships. The new requirements will apply to all FIE events from the start of the 2018/19 season (September 2018).
The AFF Board has determined that the new mask fastening requirements will apply to all AFC events from 1 January 2019.
Each of the leading mask manufacturers is currently in the process of finalising the arrangements for retro-fitting their existing masks so that they will comply with the new requirements.
Following this process, we anticipate that a number of Australian-based distributors will be approved by the various manufacturers to undertake the retro-fitting process. The AFF will assist by publishing this information, where it is made available to us.
As at 18 March 2018, we have been advised that the following distributors have received approval to retro-fit masks (subject to the conditions imposed by the manufacturers):
* Fencing Imports Australia (contact Kayt Spano) – approved by Allstar and Uhlmann
Changes to chest protectors (foil only)
The FIE has amended the rules to require chest protectors used for foil to be covered with a material which meets certain specifications (as set out in Rule m.25.4.c of the FIE Material Rules – click here.
The new requirements apply to FIE events from 1 April 2018 onwards.
The AFF Board has determined that the new requirements for chest protectors will not apply to AFC events.