Following extensive feedback from the fencing community, it is apparent that the timing of the new mask rule, in time for the Presidents Cup, did not give sufficient time for fencers to meet the new rule requirements.
As a result, the FeNZ Board has resolved to defer the full adoption of the 2018 FIE mask rule to1 September 2021. It will therefore not apply for Presidents Cup or National Secondary Schools.
The Board will be instructing tournament officials to strictly enforce mask condition and fitting rules in the meantime.
The new mask ruling will apply to all FeNZ events from 1 September including the NZU20s and NZ Nationals which are Oceanic events.