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Fencing history

1500s

The world’s first known reference to swordplay as “fencing” in William Shakespeare’s Merry Lives of Windsor: “Alas sir, I cannot fence.”

1880s

Basic fencing conventions and rules are put into place by French fencing master Camille Prevost. Also...

1891

The Amateur Fencers League of America is foundedvolutpat.

1896

Fencing is included as one of the sports at the first modern Olympic Games in Athens, featuring men’s foil and sabre in individual events...

1900

The first international fencing congress is held at the Olympic Games in Paris.

1902-1906

The Amateur Fencing Association of Great Britain and the Fédération des Salles des Armes et Sociétés d’Escrime are founded

1912

A number of significant disputes occur in fencing at the Stockholm Olympic Games

1913

The Fédération Internationale d’Escrime (International Fencing Federation) is founded in Paris.

1920

The Olympic Oath is added to the program of the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games

1921

The FIE holds its first official fencing championships...

1924-1932

​A medal event for women’s foil is added to the Olympic Games...

1933-1936

Electrical epee is introduced...

1937

​The FIE official changes the name of the “Championnats d’Europe”...

1947

​An Egyptian team wins the bronze medal in the men’s team sabre event...

1950

The first championships restricted to fencers under the age of 21 is held...

1955-1956

Electrical scoring is introduced to foil competition...

1960

A team event for women’s foil is added to the Olympic Games...

1988

Electrical sabre fencing is introduced...

1989

Women’s epee is added to the Championnats du Monde...

1992

Electrical scoring for sabre is introduced to the Olympic Games...

1996

Women’s epee (individual and team) is added to the Atlanta Olympic Games...

1998

The first veteran’s world championships are held...

1999-2004

Women’s sabre is added to the Championnats du Monde and Women’s sabre is added to the Championnats du Monde...

2007

Video refereeing is introduced...

2008

212 fencers participate in the Beijing Olympic Games...

2010

Fencing is part of the first Youth Olympic Games...

2013

The FIE celebrates its centennial in Paris...