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    The issue is not whether the Russian Fencers...

    The issue is not whether the Russian Fencers going to Olympics are clean. The fact that WADA have identified 20
    sports including a number of fencers as being implicated in what is State Organised...
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    The IOC have demonstrated that once again Russia...

    The IOC have demonstrated that once again Russia is being let off the hook.

    We have seen in recent years wholesale bribery and corruption which is not just confined to the Olympics but
    a wide...
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    Ex olympic mile race

    Congratulations to James and Ian Williams in finishing 1st and 3rd in yesterday's Mile Race for Ex Olympians. Approximately 90 competed and I understand race was won last year by Steve Cram!...
  4. Thread: Stripes

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    The stripes were introduced at end of 1990s from...

    The stripes were introduced at end of 1990s from a design produced if my memory serves me right by Joanne Maynard who also printed the original material.

    It was stipulated by the FIE that all...
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    My understanding is that Alex Crutchett was not...

    My understanding is that Alex Crutchett was not selected for World Team Championships and then quit.

    Honeybone's selection for Olympic Qualifiers was clearcut and would not have been controversial.
  6. I think that you will find that the "Wilkinson...

    I think that you will find that the "Wilkinson Brand" is owned by an American Company and the blades are manufactured in Germany and not Britain or Spain.

    It will be interesting to learn how much...
  7. The point I make is not about performance of...

    The point I make is not about performance of individuals who are competing, but the way the sport is being run
    in this country.

    As I pointed out earlier this is not about talent, but if you are...
  8. Leaving aside opinions about who should be...

    Leaving aside opinions about who should be selected for World Championships the results don't lie and the stats
    make very poor reading particularly at cadet level.

    CADETS
    WF 33/54/83 ...
  9. I don't think that the issue is whether our best...

    I don't think that the issue is whether our best cadets or juniors are competing, but rather how they are being developed and perform. So far we have not managed a better result than a last 32...
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    I think that the sport needs to take a very...

    I think that the sport needs to take a very serious look at the direction it is moving in if the entry stats for Nationals plus the closure of Bristol Open are indications of what is going on in the...
  11. Thread: Why us?

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    Fencing has always been a middle class sport and...

    Fencing has always been a middle class sport and that applies also to a large extent to Camden as well. The main difference between Camden and most other clubs was that we did not focus when we...
  12. I have been involved for many years with GLL and...

    I have been involved for many years with GLL and they have always been supportive of fencing since the time
    that I asked them to sponsor the Camden International Sabre Tournament.

    They work now...
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    Great result today. Richard fenced brilliantly. ...

    Great result today. Richard fenced brilliantly.

    It should be also mentioned that he won a silver medal in the previous Grand Prix in Turin so he is clearly producing the form of his life at the...
  14. Thread: Why us?

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    Sorry but coach education is not the same as...

    Sorry but coach education is not the same as sending referees abroad. Referees sent abroad should not be trainees, but moderately experienced and competent at what they are doing. That is precisely...
  15. Thread: Why us?

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    Noone is arguing that the sport needs to improve...

    Noone is arguing that the sport needs to improve its infrastructure and that includes the training of Referees as
    well as Coaching. Without this no sport like fencing can improve.

    However, many...
  16. Thread: Why us?

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    I have not missed the point. I have answered that...

    I have not missed the point. I have answered that in an earlier thread. Fencing is an amateur sport and if fencers
    travel abroad and there is no revenue stream available then I am afraid that they...
  17. Thread: Why us?

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    Jed I have reread the thread and also looked...

    Jed

    I have reread the thread and also looked up who refereed on the European Cadet Circuit including the foil events like Cabries.

    The starting point for me when you discuss Domestic Foil...
  18. Thread: Why us?

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    Jed I get the cost of 500 being charged for...

    Jed

    I get the cost of 500 being charged for air flights and accommodation, but if there are 30 fencers travelling on a
    trip that translates to a cost of 16 per head in case of Cadets.

    Also...
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    I don't understand your maths if we are...

    I don't understand your maths if we are discussing the european cadet circuit.

    1. In case of Manchester and Camden the only fee paid by fencers in individual events is Euros 20 which is the
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  20. Thread: Why us?

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    Some interesting stats. Camden International...

    Some interesting stats.

    Camden International this season had 19 referees including 13 from 7 overseas nations. There were 5 FIE qualified referees present.

    However, there was on this occasion a...
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    One further point despite what I have already...

    One further point despite what I have already written. There are quite a number of grants available from organisations like Sports Aid, GLL and even charities and local authorities where you can...
  22. Thread: Why us?

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    Actually I am not shooting myself in the foot but...

    Actually I am not shooting myself in the foot but perhaps could have phrased it better. Most Federations expect
    their clubs/fencers to cover costs of referees at international cadet tournaments.
    ...
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    by Ronald Velden
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    INTERNATIONAL CADET CIRCUIT This circuit is...

    INTERNATIONAL CADET CIRCUIT

    This circuit is designed primarily for Club Fencers, although some Federations do send National Squads.

    The BFA nominates each year 4 Tournaments, which are included...
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    Actually fencing in US is very expensive at the...

    Actually fencing in US is very expensive at the top clubs. It is not just about membership fees,which are generally much higher but also cost of individual lessons from coaches.

    International...
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    Actually I think that membership in most of the...

    Actually I think that membership in most of the better open clubs in USA is more expensive than in Britain, but then you are often paying for dedicated facilities and professional coaching.
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