Clean Sport

In association with WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) and ITA, the FIE is dedicated to complying with world Clean Sport regulations and helping to educate and inform fencers and coaches about its importance and how to effectively follow Clean Sport requirements. Find out more information about Clean Sport and how it works with fencing: fie.antidoping@ita.sport


The consequences of doping

There are many risks associated with doping. From negative effects on mental and physical health, to loss of sponsorship or prize money, to permanent damage to a Fencer’s image and relationships, it is important to understand and consider all consequences of doping. Below is a list of some of the common consequences of not competing clean.


The use of Performance-enhancing Drugs (PEDs) may have long- and short-term impacts on the Athlete’s physical and mental health.

Depending on the substance, the dosage and the duration of use, some PEDs have been proven to have severe side effects and can cause irreversible damage to an Athlete’s body.

In addition to the physical aspects, scientific research has shown that there is a considerable correlation between the use of PEDs and mental health issues. Most commonly, it was found that the use of doping substances can trigger anxiety, obsessive disorders or psychosis.


Being associated with doping or a doping offence will have an impact on the person’s reputation and social relations. Doping has a significant negative impact on the person’s private life and social interactions as people may feel that they no longer want to be connected to someone who has damaged the reputation of a sport and displayed poor judgement.


A ban resulting from an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) will have a significant financial impact on the individual. For Athletes, this includes, but is not limited to, the requirement to return prize money or a financial sanction. Other negative consequences of doping include termination of contracts and sponsorship deals, loss of government funding and other forms of financial support.


An Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) will have an impact on an Athlete’s ability to train and compete. For Coaches and other Athlete Support Personnel, a ban may mean that they are no longer able to work with Athletes. A sanction resulting from an ADRV can range from a warning to a lifetime ban from all sport.

It is also important to note Article 2.10 of the Code which is about Prohibited Association. This means that Athletes and Athlete Support Personnel should not associate with someone who is disqualified (for example this can be serving a ban as an account of an ADRV or someone convicted in a criminal, disciplinary or professional proceeding in relation to doping) .

Individuals banned in the sport of Fencing will also be prohibited from playing, coaching or working with Athletes in any other capacity in a different sport.

Beyond the legal consequences, an increasing number of public authorities and governments have adopted legislations that treat doping as a criminal act. Consequently, in addition to being ineligible to coach or compete, you may face criminal charges in your country. Depending on the national legislation and the degree of the violation, charges can lead to fines, social service requirements and even incarceration.

A full list of sanctioned Fencers and Fencer Support Personnel in the sport of Fencing can be found below in accordance with Code Art. 14.3 (Public Disclosure).

Table of Sanctions

International Fencing Federation to complete table if applicable.

Date of decision


Role (e.g., Athlete/ coach)

Rule violation



Ban commenced

Ban ends

Full decision (link to case)

Note: if the Fencer or other person is a minor, no publication is required.

A full list of all Athlete Support Personnel who are currently suspended from working with Athletes or other Persons can be found on WADA’s Prohibited Association List.