The objective of the Sport Department : to assist the national federations to develop and promote fencing.
For the FIE 2018 Material Aid programme, the criteria used for the equipment assignment were the following :
- Participation to FIE competitions or non FIE competitions ;
- Federations in need of equipment for organising major competitions (Olympic Games, World Championships, Grand Prix, World Cups, Zonal Championships, Regional Games, Universiades) ;
- Special cases.
The budget for 2018 was of CHF 600,000. The FIE received requests from 98 national federations: 25 in Europe, 22 in Asia, 22 in the Americas, 25 in Africa and 4 in Oceania. The federations were offered equipment for an amount of CHF 5,000 or CHF 7,000.
Europe : Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, FYROM, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland.
Asia : Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brunei, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Macao, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Syria, Thailand, Turkmenistan, UAE, Uzbekistan.
Americas : Antigua and Barbuda, Aruba, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Venezuela.
Africa : Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Egypt, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Libya, Madagascar, Mali, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda.
Oceania : American Samoa, Australia, Guam, New Zealand.