Insurance – how COVID-19 affects fencing cover

08 Apr 2020

Only activities sanctioned by the AFF are covered under the AFF’s insurance program. The AFF does not sanction any physical, in-person fencing activities at this time and until further notice. This includes any outdoor training, even if it is limited to pairs (say, a coach and athlete). The use of technology-based platforms for fencing, to the extent that the…

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Calendar changes, fees suspended and new online resources

31 Mar 2020
Fencers sitting
Sitting things out for a while

The AFF Board convened for its regular monthly teleconference this past weekend to address an agenda shaped largely by the COVID-19 crisis. The Board considered the tightened restrictions around interstate and international travel, limitations on social gatherings and the likely time period these will be in effect. The Board also weighed the financial position of…

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All fencing venues must close

22 Mar 2020
Fencing venues closed

Following  today’s historic meeting of state and federal governments and announcements regarding new measures to combat the spread of COVID-19, the AFF advises its members that all sporting venues must close until further notice. State associations and clubs should make themselves aware of any additional restrictions placed on community sports by their respective state governments.…

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COVID-19 and the 2020 Commonwealth Veteran Championships

21 Mar 2020

In response to the emerging public health risks associated with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the AFF continues to assess the implications of attending  international events scheduled for the coming months. We understand that our veteran athletes are expecting to compete in Canada in July 2020 as part of the Commonwealth Veteran Fencing Championships. The Commonwealth…

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Guidelines for fencing in the COVID-19 era

20 Mar 2020
Junior Nationals 2020

To assist state fencing associations, clubs and coaches manage their fencing activities as the COVID-19 crisis deepens, the AFF offers the following advice. Medical experts understand the significance that sport plays particularly in children’s development, and the community impact of broader participation at all levels. Guidelines published by the Australian Government on 17th March 2020 do not…

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Update on international fencing

19 Mar 2020
Georgie Barratt World Championships 2019

As reported across many mainstream and social media outlets, national and international sporting bodies continue to modify schedules in response to the escalating novel coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. The International Fencing Federation (FIE) suspended all international events for 30 days from 12th March. This affects all remaining world cups and zone qualifying events for the Tokyo…

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