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History of Fencing

-Fencing is an elegant, intelligent, and modern sport which reflects the success qualities that are important to contemporary people. The sport challenges both body and mind through an effective blend of patience and determination, discipline and competitiveness.

-Fencing is truly an Olympic sport, having been involved since the first modern Olympics took place in Athens in 1896. In the first Olympic games, only thirteen Fencers from four different countries participated. Nowadays, there are 64 Fencers in Olympic Games.

-Fencing holds the distinguished honor of being one of only four sports which have participated in every modern Olympic Games since their inauguration.

-The International Fencing Federation (FIE) is recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) as the world governing body of fencing. The FIE that was established in 1913 in Paris, has 153 affiliated member federations all over the world, and establishes the rules to which international competitions must be organized and oversees their implementation.

-FIE regulations were approved by IOC in Paris in 1914, and first Fencing competitions rules were established in 1919.

-There are three weapons in modern fencing: Foil, Épée, and Sabre. Each weapon has its own rules and strategies. The foil is the modern version of the original practice weapon for dueling sword, the epee is the modern version of the historical dueling sword, and finally, the sabre is the modern version of the cavalry sword.

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