Fencing gets fairer and transparent

August 9th, 2008 - 5:38 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Aug 9 (Xinhua) - The introduction of video replay system, as well as transparent masks for foilists and sabreurs, will make fencing competition of the 2008 Beijing Games a lot fairer and transparent, the International Fencing Federation (FIE) said here Saturday. FIE President Rene Roch told reporters at Beijing’s Fencing Hall that the use of new technologies will help make the judging fairer.

He said there used to be complaints on the judges’ decisions, but the new video system will significantly reduce such complaints.

On the transparent masks, now used by foilists and sabreurs, Rene said they would make the fencers’ faces visible to the audience and thus make the game more popular among TV viewers.

Rene, however, he said it would still take time for these masks to be used by epeeists.

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